Mental Health First Aid

Mental health is just as important as our physical health, so we want to empower employers and teams within organisations to notice the warning signs associated with mental health conditions.  Learning how to approach the individual tactfully whilst offering support and signposting effectively.

Group Training

The importance of good mental health is now more important than ever!

Promoting good mental health and supporting those struggling with anxiety, stress, substance abuse and depression leads to greater understanding in the workplace and reducing the shame and stigma that is associated with these conditions. An employee knowing that help is available is more likely to avail themselves of this support and recover more quickly.

Mental Health First Aid gives organisations the practical skills and awareness that is required to build a safe and healthy working environment. Whilst a Mental Health First Aider cannot diagnose or treat someone with a mental health condition, they will have the knowledge to signpost and support.

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Mental Health First Aid Courses

Research shows that work related stress is the leading contributor of mental health difficulties in your teams and with colleagues'

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All qualification are regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

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Distance Learning & 

Onsite Training/ Classroom

 Mental Health First Aid Certifications

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Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health - Level 1/4

This course will provide you with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation surrounding mental health.

  • Study the course via distance learning
  • A combination of self-study and webinars
  • Guided by a qualified Trainer/Assessor
  • Distance learning resources included
  • Assessed via a professional discussion
  • Ofqual or SQA Accreditation regulated qualification (SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENT)
Course Duration
The qualification has 2 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 5 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of contact hours that the learner will have with the Trainer/Assessor. TQT includes GLH but considers unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to achieve the qualification. It is beneficial for the learner to undertake additional independent learning for example, by doing research on the internet.
Entry Requirements
This qualification is available to learners aged 14 years or over. Learners must have the literacy skills to be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources. In addition, the learner will need access to a computer with a reasonable internet connection in order to access the distance learning resources and communicate with the Trainer/Assessor.
Course Syllabus
A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:
• What is First Aid for Mental Health?
• Identifying mental health conditions
• Providing advice and starting a conversation
• Stress
• Mental health conditions
Assessment
The qualification is assessed by a professional discussion with the Trainer/Assessor and evidenced by a recorded video call. The learner has a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the assessment. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.
Certification
An Award in Awareness for First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

Onsite Training/ Classroom

Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health - Level 1/4

This ½-Day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.

A minimum of 4 hours spread over at least one day. Ideally, the course should be run in one day, but must be completed within 2 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours.

A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress
  • Mental health conditions

A maximum of 16 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age.
A certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.
A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification

A Level 1/4 Award in Awareness for First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment.
This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

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First Aid for Mental Health - Level 2/5

This course will provide you with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation surrounding mental health. You will also learn about the first aid action plan for mental health and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

  • Study the course via distance learning
  • A combination of self-study and webinars
  • Guided by a qualified Trainer/Assessor
  • Distance learning resources included
  • Assessed via a professional discussion
  • Ofqual or SQA Accreditation regulated qualification (SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENT)
Course Duration
The qualification has 3 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 7 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of contact hours that the learner will have with the Trainer/Assessor. TQT includes GLH but considers unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to achieve the qualification. It is beneficial for the learner to undertake additional independent learning for example, by doing research on the internet.
Certification
An Award in First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.
Entry Requirements
This qualification is available to learners aged 14 years or over. Learners must have the literacy skills to be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources. In addition, the learner will need access to a computer with a reasonable internet connection in order to access the distance learning resources and communicate with the Trainer/Assessor.
Course Syllabus
A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:
  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress
  • Mental health conditions
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
Assessment
The qualification is assessed by a professional discussion with the Trainer/Assessor and evidenced by a recorded video call. The learner has a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the assessment. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.

Onsite Training/ Classroom

First Aid for Mental Health - Level 2/5

This 1-Day course covers the content of the Level 1 course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within a workplace.

A minimum of 6 hours spread over at least one day. Ideally, the course should be run in one day, but must be completed within 3 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours.

A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress
  • Mental health conditions
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace

A maximum of 16 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.
A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification

A Level 2/5 Award in First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment.

This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

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Supervising/ Leading First Aid for Mental Health - Level 3/6

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. You will know how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. The course includes how to recognise and manage stress and understanding the impact of substance abuse. You will also learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

  • Study the course via distance learning
  • A combination of self-study and webinars
  • Guided by a qualified Trainer/Assessor
  • Distance learning resources included
  • Assessed via a professional discussion
  • Ofqual or SQA Accreditation regulated qualification (SUBJECT TO ASSESSMENT)
Course Duration
The qualification has 6 assigned guided learning hours (GLH) and 14 hours total qualification time (TQT). GLH indicates the number of contact hours that the learner will have with the Trainer/Assessor. TQT includes GLH but considers unsupervised learning and is an estimate of how long the average learner will take to achieve the qualification. It is beneficial for the learner to undertake additional independent learning for example, by doing research on the internet.
Course Syllabus
A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:
  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress
  • Mental health conditions
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety
Entry Requirements
This qualification is available to learners aged 16 years or over. Learners must have the literacy skills to be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources. In addition, the learner will need access to a computer with a reasonable internet connection in order to access the distance learning resources and communicate with the Trainer/Assessor.
Assessment
The qualification is assessed by a professional discussion with the Trainer/Assessor and evidenced by a recorded video call. The learner has a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the assessment. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.
Certification
An Award in Supervising/Leading First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

Onsite Training/ Classroom

Supervising/ Leading First Aid for Mental Health - Level 3/6

This 2-Day course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. It covers the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications but is aimed at Trainer/Assessors and/or supervisor level within the workplace.

A minimum of 12 hours spread over at least two days. Ideally, the course should be run over two consecutive days, but must be completed within 6 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours.

A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Self-harm
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Suicide
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental health conditions
  • Personality disorders
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Bipolar disorder
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • Psychosis
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

A maximum of 16 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
A certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.
A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification

A Level 3/6 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.

Fostering an open and inclusive culture in the workplace removes mental health stigma, thus supporting employees and the bottom line

Ninety-one million working days a year are lost to mental health issues – but 67% of employees report feeling too afraid to be open about their mental health

Let your organisation be a leader in mental health training, support your business and employees!

Contact me today and take the first
step towards a healthy open productive culture.

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