One of our primary goals for Let’s Talk, Stansted! is to build a team of individuals with recognised training to support those in our community with mental health worries.

We work with Mind in West Essex, and other training providers who run Mental Health courses on our behalf. Thanks to the funding we have received through community grants we are able to offer most of our programmes free of charge (they usually cost as much as £200 per person).

We encourage any individuals, businesses, service providers and community groups to sign up to one of our programmes.


Developed in Australia in 2001 and now internationally recognised in 26 countries, the MHFA course will teach you how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis, and effectively guide someone towards the right support services. This course is designed and delivered using evidence-based knowledge and skills that will equip you to be a really effective and kind helper, as well as save lives.

The course is for anyone aged 16+ who wants to learn how to support adults, reduce stigma and discrimination, as well as learning about good self-care to improve their own wellbeing.

In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial early warning signs of mental ill health. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to work with residents in the community. We also believe that having at least one person in every organisation with Mental Health First Aid skills will be a huge asset to the mental health and wellbeing of businesses and community groups.

If you would like more information about the course please send an email with your name and phone number to

Free Courses

There are a number of short courses, including online programmes, which will teach you more about mental health issues, suicide awareness and specialist subjects such as workplace health or working with young people. Not all of these courses are free, but if you wish to take a course and are struggling financially please get in touch with us.

Mental Health Courses: Government Funded: Free courses in Counselling Skills, Self-harm & Suicide Awareness & Prevention, Awareness of Mental Health Problems, Children & Young People’s Mental Health, Behaviour that Challenges in Children,

St John’s Ambulance: An introduction to mental heath