Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) can make a powerful difference.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

We are all being encouraged to speak up when feeling low or stressed. It is so important that those we turn to for help know the best things to say and do. This is why YANA believes that Mental Health First Aid training is so important in rural businesses and communities.

Just like good first aid for physical health, being given the appropriate aid to help mental health can provide comfort and relief, help to prevent a problem from getting worse and signpost other useful sources of assistance.

YANA Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

YANA organises Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses in Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire.

Our courses, which are free to attend, last for two full days. They are run by accredited MHFA England trainers, who are dedicated professionals and understand the mental health pressures in rural areas.

We are grateful to the Prince’s Countryside Fund for their financial support for YANA MHFA courses.

Want to be on a YANA Mental Health First Aid Training Course?

We select each group of participants carefully, for their eligibility for training and for their potential to use the training they receive to offer Mental Health First Aid in the workplace, in their friend and family networks and the wider rural community.

Participants are from across the industry including farmers, grain merchants, land agents, Young Farmers, CLA, NFU, Police, rural churches, RABI and FCN.

If you want to be considered for a place on a YANA MHFA course send an email to

Here are our 2022 spring and summer courses (subject to government guidelines in light of covid developments).

Date Venue
3rd & 4th March Trinity Park, Ipswich
15th & 16th March Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich
5th & 6th April Royal Norfolk Showground, Norwich
22nd & 23rd June Worcestershire
5th & 6th July Trinity Park, Ipswich
14th & 15th July Croxton Park, nr Thetford, Norfolk

YANA Mental Health First Aid Army

All the Mental Health First Aiders YANA has trained are now better placed to be able to offer the right help to colleagues, friends or family members whenever it is needed. They are our YANA Army.

We like to support our YANA Army of MHFA trainees and YANA supporters, and to help their continuing professional development, by providing regular updates and useful information to help them improve mental wellness including:

  • News of current and future courses with MHFA England
  • Profiles of participants and what they have gained
  • Refreshers and signposts to MHFA basic steps
  • Encouragement to use MHFA skills and promote mental wellness

For more information about Mental Health First Aid England see

If you think someone is in crisis and having suicidal thoughts, please take action immediately.