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 Cambridgeshire.

Our courses, which are funded, 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 Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Award, the Clarke Charitable Trust, Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, Alan Boswell Group, and the Talent Fund for their financial support of these 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, Banks, RABI and FCN.

Read more here: Mental Health First Aid Information sheet

If you want to be considered for a place on a YANA MHFA course complete our short application form found below or send an email to

Mental Health First Aid Training Application Form

Here are our remaining 2023 course dates.

Secure your place by completing the application form above and email to

11th & 12th October [Currently FULL]Norfolk Showground, Norwich, NR5 0TT
16th & 17th October Trinity Park, Ipswich, IP3 8UH
22nd & 23rd NovemberEast of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

YANA Mental Health First Aid Army

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

  • A suite of resources
  • Opportunities to come back together and meet other YANA Mental Health First Aiders
  • Refresher training
  • 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.