One of the best ways of coping with mental health issues is to deepen your knowledge and understanding of them, particularly in learning about the various ways you can support someone.
These trainings are free, suitable for anyone and require no prior knowledge or training to take part.

Aware - Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to prevent problems becoming more serious and how to comfort someone, including self-help strategies.

Action Mental Health - ASIST

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day course that helps care givers learn suicide first aid intervention. You will learn how to recognise when someone is thinking about suicide, how to respond to a suicide first aid situation, including learning intervention skills.


safeTALK is available for anyone over the age of 15 and will enable you to identity the signs for risk of suicide, to safely ask someone about suicide, to listen to someone in distress who is thinking of suicide and increase safety in a situation where someone is at risk of suicide.


Mindset is a mental and emotional health and wellbeing awareness programme for adults and young people aged 14-17. Mindset is funded by the Public Health Agency and will run continuously throughout the year. Programmes will be delivered in all youth and community settings across Western, Northern, Belfast and South Eastern Trust areas

Recovery College

The Recovery College offers free educational courses about mental health and recovery, which can increase your knowledge, skills and self-management. Each training programme focuses on how mental health recovery can be a reality for all. Visit their website to browse their current training timetable.

Stress Control

Stress Control will teach you skills to fight stress (for most of us, a mix of anxiety and depression) and boost your wellbeing. Stress Control is one of the most well-evaluated interventions with many independent research papers published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.