Calzy Foundation in partnership with Digital Bricks Learning.

Our bespoke Mental Health First Response Training (MHFR) is FREE and has been developed by our partner provider, Digital Bricks Learning, specifically to provide crucial tools; resources; strategies and coping mechanisms for young adults (18-30ys) with a few places reserved for those who work with young people in mental health settings.

It is composed of two sections: a short 3hr group online course (foundation) and is followed by optional, self-directed modules which, when completed, qualifies for the accredited certification as a Mental Health First Responder (global accreditation).


The online session gives the participants the MHFR Foundation module focused on young people with your trainer:

  • Noticing changes
  • Starting conversations
  • Signposting
  • Self care skills

Then if you wish to continue your learning you can go forward with MHFR Self directed online study (4.5 hours) to complete the unique accredited Digital Bricks Learning course to become a Mental Health First Responder:

  • Self directed modules on risk factors
  • Common mental health issues
  • Developing a first response action plan
  • Short written assessment

The information below explains the complete MHFR training with the certificated accreditation but if you wish to do the MHFR Foundation section first (online training with the trainer) that’s absolutely fine.

From Susie your trainer:

‘Hello and thank you for your interest in becoming a Mental Health First Responder. I’m your trainer, Susie Cavill, I’m a family friend of the Stuarts and of Cal. I am a mental health trainer who helps people of all ages in learning how to look after their own and others’ mental health, learn how to signpost others to support resources and how we can spot the warning signs so we can understand how and when to get help for ourselves and others. I was responsible for writing the course with the director of Digital Bricks, Chris Sheridan, and then it was peer-reviewed and accredited with CPD. Because of Cal, I actually ended up putting a new detailed section in about bereavement so Cal is very much part of my personal inspiration for this training.’

Mental Health First Response™ is a unique training in mental health first aid. It combines a practical approach to mental health first aid training with up to date advice and strategies.

In this Mental Health First Response™ course, we will look at what mental health means since 2020 and how it can affect our lives. We will learn about the different conditions that people may experience and what we can do to help them and ourselves. We will look at how reducing stigma and changing culture can help us all live mentally healthier lives.

This course was created because of the COVID crisis. It builds on other excellent Mental Health First Aid courses offered around the country. It has been updated to include new statistics, coping with uncertainty & change and dealing with life at a distance.

For your training we will also include a section on young people and some of the ways we can support young people to feel empowered to look after their own self-care. The course is delivered online through a live workshop session and through online learning materials to study in your own time, an hour or so a day for about a week.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course the learner will have

  • an understanding of mental health, wellbeing and mental health conditions in current times
  • the ability to recognise a mental health emergency and know how to signpost effectively (including using present day healthcare services and protocols)
  • an understanding of risk factors, including the effects of isolation, stress, remote working and financial hardship
  • listening skills and confidence in encouraging open conversations about mental health
  • knowledge of mental health, wellbeing and self care strategies for themselves and others.

Course modules:

  • What is mental health?
  • What can affect mental health?
  • Common conditions, signs and symptoms
  • Starting conversations and listening skills
  • Supporting a mental health crisis
  • Promoting positive mental health.
  • Supporting young people with their mental health

Building resilience is at the heart of all our courses and alongside important mental health education you’ll receive a package of self-care and evidence-based strategies for dealing with your own and others’ mental health.

MHFR is a CPD certificate, which is a global accreditation programme. CPD points are used at places like Edinburgh University, NHS and within lots of industries across the world.’

We currently aim to run the training courses every quarter (3 months). If you would like further information or to reserve a place on our next course,  please email and we will reserve your place. We have high demand for places so if you are seriously interested we would recommend you get back to us in the next few weeks. There is no fee as we fund these places with amazing donations from our Calzy Foundation community and Digital Bricks Learning have supported us with an incredible discount.

From those who have attended the MHFR training:

‘I really loved the teaching aspect on how to ask the right questions/ what to say to keep people talking and create real, organic answers. I found this aspect very very helpful.’

‘I actually really enjoyed the live session, it was a lovely environment and I learnt so much from the instructor as well as the other participants. It was also helpful having a live chat button during so we could all participate with our answers to the questions. Didn’t feel like a lecture, was interactive.’

‘I really liked the initial zoom session and discussing some of the topics together with others. I also liked reading through some of the additional resources and i enjoyed the structure of the course.’

‘I enjoyed every bit of the course, it was so valuable.’

‘The trainer demonstrated such an impressive, professional and sensitive understanding and knowledge of the subject area. The open and relaxed approach to the online group session made the session very enjoyable. There was a distinct sense of trust within the group and the pace at which the live group session was conducted was near perfect.’

‘The parts of the course i enjoyed the most are; 1. The group Learning and discussion – the teacher module leader was so clear and made a very safe space to discuss a difficult topic 2. Model 3/4 – especially module 4 on starting conversation 3. Different options of therapy that I did not know about 4. The Young People Module 5. The exercise on determining the outcome of ‘4 people’ struggling – I found this really interesting on how the slightest thing you say could change the amount that person feels they can open up to you.’