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Mental Health First Aid Training Program

What is
Mental Health
First Aid?

Mental health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Hay Foundation Africa’s Mental Health First Aid Course is a virtual training program that gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem as well as help connect them to the appropriate care.

Mental Health First Aiders are our friends, family, teachers, colleagues, leaders, community members. You can sign up for the course if you are interested in learning how to properly provide emotional support to the people around you.

The program is an intensive 6-week program that covers the following

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and substance abuse.
  • Reflective listening
  • Lay counseling
  • How To interact with a person in crisis.
  • How To connect the person in crisis with help.
  • Applying the ALGEE Action Plan

You can sign up for the course here or email mhfa@hayafrica.org to schedule a personalized program for your organization.


Dr. Okoli, Ijeoma Sandra

It was a great one, really eye-opening. The planning and implementation of the program was top-notch. The lecturers, topics, study materials, tests, and assessment I will give a 5 star. It was nothing short of my expectations.

Ezinne Ogwumah

Very very great. Learned a lot beyond my basic knowledge of mental health.

Aeesha Damilola Taofeeq

The program is enlightening , interesting and yet challenging. It provides a real life practical situation on how to provide mental health first aid. Kudos to Hay foundation Africa

Dr Joy Aifuobhokhan

It was an excellent program. From the Orientation, the class interface, the lecturers, assignments and class activities. It not only provided me with knowledge and practical experience to help others but more so to help myself.

Oluwajuyinlo Ojesola

I really loved it!! I think the training is very insightful, I learned so much and have honestly been transformed (however this gets better with time), I have so much more confidence in the help I can offer to people. It is such an eye-opener. Thanks to Hay Foundation. I do not take this opportunity for granted at all.

Pamela Patrick

Detailed and dedication on the part of the teachers

Owojuyigbe Feyisara



It was amazing to learn about Mental health from amazing instructors who actually work and practice in West Africa. it made it all relatable. I had a blast


Very educative

Obiajulu Esiobu

Very Insightful and Practical. I feel equipped to be a mental health first aider.

AJETUNMOBI, Aishah Motunrayo.

Prior to this training, I took a course on Psychological First Aid on Future learn but it was all theory, so I didn’t really get the whole concept. That made me yearn for practical training. Thereafter I joined a Mental Health Support group and answered a particular question that has a gift attached to it. And yes! the gift was the flyer for Hay Foundation’s First Aid Training. I was glad and immediately I registered for the course. I enjoyed every bit of this training especially the practical classes, videos, and case studies. It worths every bit of energy and effort that I channeled into it.


It was worth the time and efforts.