Supporting Others

NIMDTA offer safeTALK training at least three times per year. If you would like training on suicide alertness, please attend one of the free safeTALK sessions on offer in the CE Calendar.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or are having thoughts of suicide please reach out to someone close or contact Lifeline on 0808 808 8000




Zero Suicide Alliance Training provide a range of awareness training options, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts. The training is online at and can be completed in 20 minutes.



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training Programme for Northern Ireland has been adapted from the original MHFA programme established in Australia by Betty Kitchener and Anthony Jorm. MHFA is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is currently in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until professional help is available or until the crisis resolves. More than 4,417 people have attended MHFA training in Northern Ireland since April 2013.

The aims of MHFA are to:
• preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others;
• provide help to prevent the mental health problem becoming more serious;
• promote the recovery of good mental health;
• provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

MHFA teaches participants:
• how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems;
• how to provide initial help;
• how to go about guiding a person towards appropriate professional help.

Booking Information:
The Mental Health First Aid courses are offered by your local trust area. If you wish to book a MHFA course please contact the relevant trust area contact as detailed below:


Contact Name


Contact Details


Orlagh Brady

Northern Health & Social Care Trust


Mairead Casey


Dymphna Walsh

Colin Loughran

Southern Health & Social Care Trust

PIPs Newry & Mourne

Action Mental Health


General Enquiries

Western Health & Social Care Trust


Mary McKnight

Carole Coupe

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust




Alison Doake

South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust