Mental Health Training

We offer Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Aware courses, which are suitable for businesses and individuals alike.

The Mental Health First Aid course takes place over two days, with learning taking place through a mixture of group activities, presentations, and discussions. The Mental Health Aware course takes place over half a day and is suitable as an introduction to mental health training, or as a refresher course for those who completed a Mental Health First Aid course previously.

In a professional context, investing in mental health training will help you to reduce the cost of poor mental health, which amounts to £42-45 billion per annum. Organisations that invest in mental health benefit from lower absenteeism, presenteeism and staff turnover, along with increased productivity and employee wellbeing.

Independent research and evaluation show that taking part in an MHFA course raises awareness and mental health literacy, reducing the stigma around mental. It encourages people to engage in conversation with individuals who may be experiencing mental health issues and promotes early intervention, which has a huge impact on recovery.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Accredited by MHFA England, the course is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over and is delivered online. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, who has attended the Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, and is trained to keep people safe and supported, while they learn.

Training is particularly relevant for people with line management responsibility in an organisation. Mental health training enables organisations to create a support network, with first aiders acting as first point of contact, offering reassurance to anyone experiencing mental health issues and steering them to professional support services.

What will participants learn on the Online Mental Health First Aid Adult Course?

The learning is a practical skills and awareness course designed to give you a deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people's wellbeing, including your own practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues. • How to spot the early signs of poor mental health
• What factors can affect mental health, as well as some of the most common mental health issues?
• How to use the MHFA action plan to respond in a supportive way to someone experiencing mental health problems
• They will gain the confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress.
• They will develop enhanced interpersonal skills, such as non-judgemental listening.
• How to assist with mental health recovery, by guiding anyone in distress to appropriate support
• How to proactively reduce the stigma of mental health issues
The aim of the course is not to replace professional diagnosis and care, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. It is invaluable on both a personal and professional level.

Given one in four people suffer from poor mental health, it is a sad reality that we all know people who have struggled, or are currently struggling, with mental illness. None of us can predict when or where mental illness will strike, but we can prepare ourselves for every eventuality. The course will also provide you with the tools and strategies to look after your own mental health and wellbeing.

All course materials and certificates are included in the price and will be sent directly to your home.

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    Mental Health Aware (Half Day)

    This is an introductory course designed to give you an overview of mental health and raise awareness. It also suitable for people who have trained as Mental Health First Aiders previously but need a refresher course.

    What can participants expect to learn?
    • What mental health is and how to challenge the stigma surrounding it?
    • A basic understanding of some common mental health issues
    • How to maintain and manage their own mental health and wellbeing
    • How to support someone in distress, who may be experiencing poor mental health
    Teaching will take place through a mixture of presentations, workshop activities and group discussions. Every participant will receive a certificate, certifying they are Mental Health Aware, along with a manual to refer to whenever they require and a workbook, which includes a toolkit to support their own mental health.

    You can book directly here, or if you have further questions please feel free to contact us.

    If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the session is cancelled you will be offered a place on a course on an alternative date. If a suitable alternative date cannot be arranged, your payment will be refunded in full.

    Get in touch to discuss discounts for multiple bookings, if you are not sure which course is right for you, or you need something more bespoke.


    • "I was very impressed with the overall experience. My first online course so started out a little shaky, I had everything organised but was a little unsure of terminology, once I realised, it actually was very  obvious. All delivered in a friendly and informative manner. Thank you."
    • “This course was very informative and has given me the tools to support the well-being of others in my medical career and otherwise”.
    • "Very well structured and informative course. I feel have gained very useful knowledge on how to assist someone experiencing mental health issues. "Thank you for the efforts you put in making something very serious not just attainable but somewhat enjoyable or as enjoyable as a course with this subject matter can be"
    • "I felt the course was quite intense on the first day, but I realise the reasons behind getting these subjects covered first. The course content was really interesting and is one of the few courses I've actually engaged with 99% of the time!. Really liked the whiteboard function. Overall, I feel any slight stigma which was in my mind previously has been lifted :)"
    • "The course was extremely informative and well delivered, we had a really good group. Our trainer Vimla was fantastic and really knowledgeable, I really enjoy the MHFA courses, they are fantastic".
    • "Well planned and executed , Vimla was most helpful and educational ! I’ve already recommended this course to others"
    • "I participated to the 2 Days online “Mental Health First Aid”, to educate myself and learn the basis of first aid to better assist people around me suffering from early signs of burnout, depressions and all sorts of mental discomfort or crisis. The course was very interactive, very professional and well balanced during these 2 days. I highly recommend VedaSante for the course."
    • "This course has been extremely insightful and has exposed me to areas which I was not aware, giving me the confidence to fully support not just colleagues, but others too. The depth of information has very much given me a broader understanding of some of the symptoms which can identify a person's trait and may cause reason for any unusual behaviour."
    • "Excellent course! Was helpful to break off into smaller groups for the tasks. It enabled good conversation and feedback. Great content too. Would highly recommend". "My subject knowledge, use of appropriate language and understanding of mental health issues is greatly enhanced and I have already put some strategies into practice. The handbook is a very supportive document and a great reference point". "Informative, inclusive & welcoming, great links for more information, one of the best/most helpful courses I have ever attended".
    • "With starting this course with zero knowledge on how to approach and understand someone's mental health, I would have never thought it possible that I could learn so much in two days! The two days flew by so quickly and covered so much! ALGEE is certainly in my head now and knowing how to use it is great."
    • Rosaleen Bloombury, Yoga Instructor & Life Purpose Decoder, London
      “Vimla's Veda Santé event was really nicely done with everything considered including the venue. The event was highly informative with an intimate atmosphere, I look forward to the next one”
      Rosaleen Bloombury, Yoga Instructor & Life Purpose Decoder, London
    • Nina Fjeldhaug, Certified High-Performance/ Leader Coach
      "Vimla is that rare combination of having excellent knowledge, insight and wisdom, delivering it with heart and passion. She is a beautiful person inside out, really great at teaching and empowering you. She will touch your life and help you see how wellness is natural and achievable, she shines her light on your most valuable asset - your health and wellness. Also what is very interesting and relevant is that she is coming from a business background, she has learned first hand that health is the first wealth. Hope we move into a new decade where this will be fully embraced."
      Nina Fjeldhaug, Certified High-Performance/ Leader Coach
    • Rob Mazure, Naturopath London
      “I loved Vimla's last event and learning about the Ayurvedic Body Constitutions and Personalities. The crowd were really engaged and the workshop was fun and friendly! Looking forward to the next event!”
      Rob Mazure, Naturopath London
    • Clare Hepburn L.C.S.P (Phys), Berkshire Body and Mind
      "Thank you for such an interesting and informative Mental Health First Aid workshop. Initially I thought this was run specifically for the workplace but it is invaluable in every aspect of life. I’m self-employed, volunteer and have experienced mental health through family and friends and the course was applicable to every sector.   It explains different types of mental health one may come into contact with, but most importantly a simple easy to remember acronym you can apply to all situations. The course has given me the confidence to approach an individual and know what to say and do. The course is a combination of individual learning followed by tutor lead sessions, included in these are case studies which allow you to apply the learning.   As a tutor Vimla has been very supportive. Joining instructions were clear and simple and reassurance of how the course is run was forthcoming. During the course it is possible to trigger personal emotions and Vimla was very supportive and empathetic to the needs of everyone.   I think this course is as essential as physical first aid. A skill sadly you will certainly use where poor mental health affects all of us at some time in our lives"
      Clare Hepburn L.C.S.P (Phys), Berkshire Body and Mind
    • "I feel like it gave really good skills and information on how to approach someone experiencing poor mental health in a range of circumstances both in and out of work. And also increased my awareness of the range of mental health disorders there are and the effects of them. I feel more confident and like I could do the right thing using ALGEE to help someone. You both made it a very safe space to talk and share experiences, Thank you."
    • Rebecca Harrhy
      "Thank you so much Vimla - this course has been so informative and has equipped us with invaluable communication skills to use both in the workplace and outside. I personally felt quite apprehensive prior to the course about how it would be as this is such an emotive subject, but quickly felt comfortable with you both and the rest of the group. I am really interested to keep learning and research further to develop my skills. Thanks again",
      Rebecca Harrhy
      Milton Park Innovation Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
    • "It was superb. Bonita & Vimla really complement each other, with their knowledge & personal experiences. Also made me feel comfortable and not alone with my own personal circumstances. I will certainly continue my learning. And looking into different help measures that are out there, for myself & my family. Can’t thank you enough!"
    • "The course was very valuable given the current times we live in as well as situations thrown at us such as additional worries and pressures such as the COVID outbreak. The course was well structured and lead, excellent guidance and knowledge given by the tutors and pace set was ideal for quality of learning. I would highly recommend this course to others and I came away from the course feeling more confident in the knowledge and understanding that I feel stronger to help someone now should they require support. Thank you"