Mind is working to create mentally healthy communities.  We believe that mental health is everyone’s business…

Educational courses such as the Mind Mental Health First Aid training are our key strategy for promoting a better understanding of mental health.

Our aims

  • To change people’s minds and attitudes about mental illness
  • To reduce stigma and discrimination and dispel myths about mental illness
  • To provide advice and guidance
  • To equip people with the skills to respond to people in crisis
  • To support suicide prevention
  • To promote and support mental wellbeing 


  • Grenfell Recovery
  • Be the stranger on the bridge: creating mental health ambassadors
  • BeKind2YourMind

Educational Courses:

Mental Health First Aid – Standard

2 day accredited training to raise mental health awareness, promote self-care and the support of others in crisis.

Mental Health First Aid – Youth

For adults (16 and over),  working, living and caring for vulnerable young people aged 8 – 18 years olds.

Mental Health First Aid – Schools and Colleges

1 day MHFA especially for schools and colleges.

Mental health First Aid courses runs throughout the year.  For details of dates and times and to apply for a place, please contact [email protected]

As part of of our commitment to public education, MHFA Training is delivered free to individuals living and working in Kensington & Chelsea and at a subsidised rate for organisations out of area.

The training is suitable for non-mental health professionals working in the helping professions.

Mind Skills Development Service

Mind’s Better Lives Programme offers educational courses, employment support, training and work opportunities and workshops for adults experiencing mental health problems.

Mind training and employment programmes are recovery focused and combine educational, creative and wellbeing activities to achieve the best outcomes for trainees and adult learners.  

Taught by experienced tutors, peer mentors and volunteers, Mind courses are highly valued by our graduate trainees and adult learners. Individual training is supported through individual learning support.

Our aims

To support people with experience of mental health problems to gain the skills and experience they need to gain entry to employment and further study. 

Skills Training Courses for 2018

Accredited Training:

  • Information technology
  • Office procedures 
  • Basic construction skills in painting and decorating
  • Horticulture skills
  • Employment skills

Creative workshops:

Wellbeing activities:

  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning peer support group
  • Mindfulness 

Pre-Course Requirements

Mind courses do not require any previous knowledge of the subject area.  The course does require that applicants have the ability to follow simple written instructions to support teaching demonstrations, hand-outs, assessments and health and safety information.

Who can attend?

Mind courses are open to adult learners who have experience of mental health problems and who need recovery focused training and employment support to re/start their employment or further study.

What you will learn

Depending on the course, there are a number of qualifications, ranging from Awards to Certificates and Diplomas.  Each course has details of the course curriculum and qualification.

How you will be taught

The training and workshops are delivered through a combination of individual teaching and learning in small groups.

Materials and Equipment

All materials and equipment will be supplied, including protective clothing where required.

Feedback on progress

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course. One to one review meetings are held to assess progress and wellbeing, address any support needs and to prepare for skills assessments.  

Your feedback to us

Adult learners can feedback in a number of ways in one to one meetings and monthly project forum meetings.

Adult learners are asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the course. These are monitored and help us improve our courses.

Next steps

Graduates of Mind’s accredited training courses can continue further study at a number of colleges.  Completion of certain courses also provides sufficient knowledge to secure entry level employment.

Employment opportunities

Graduates of Mind’s training courses can apply for paid or volunteer peer support positions within the service. Eligibility criteria apply.

How to apply for a place

Adult learners can apply through their care co-ordinators or named mental health professional. Eligibility criteria apply:

  • Aged 18 – 65
  • Currently unable to access mainstream training and/or employment without pre-vocational support
  • Have experienced or are at risk of developing a severe and/or enduring mental health problems
  • Resident in the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
  • Eligible for the care programme approach

Skills Development Centres

Mind training courses are delivered on two sites:

  • Acklam Road Workshops
  • Meanwhile Wildlife Garden 

Contact the Mind Skills Development Service