What is first aid for mental health?


First aid for mental health courses teach how to identify signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress. Our courses are delivered in accordance with best practice and achieve an Ofqual regulated qualification.


Level 1 - Awareness for Mental Health

 This 4-hour course covers a range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects including:

 • What is First Aid for Mental Health?

• Identifying mental health conditions

• Providing advice and starting a conversation

• Stress

• Mental health conditions

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Level 2 – First Aid for Mental Health

This 1-day course is recommended for those who want to create a mentally healthy environment in their workplace.  The syllabus covers a range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects 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

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Level 3 – Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

This 2 - day course is the most comprehensive training and qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider. The syllabus covers a range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects 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

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All qualifications are assessed by a 1:1 professional discussion with the Trainer/Assessor online.  The learner has a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the assessment. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred. This assessment will follow your course completion and is usually on the day following your course.


Aerialists (those who teach/perform with pole, silks, hoop, trapeze etc) have a specialist need for first aid training due to the risks associated with falls from height and potential for occurrence of sports-injuries. We have created a 1-day action-packed practical course to cover the major issues faced by those working in this industry. The syllabus can be slightly varied according to the particular needs of the client and for this reason the course syllabus covered is printed on the back of candidate certificates as standard. A comprehensive first aid manual - our ABCDE of First Aid is used to support the course and provide further background reading on key topics. A sample syllabus is as follows:

Course content:

Principles of First Aid including accident reporting and issues around consent

Vital signs

Incident Procedure

Treatment of an Unresponsive Casualty

Conscious casualty injury assessment

Bleeding including recognition and treatment of Shock

Compression only CPR practical

CPR theory including differences for Child casualties

Demonstration of use of an AED using a training unit



Soft tissue injury, fractures and dislocations

Management of Spinal, Pelvis and Head Injuries

Common medical conditions: Seizures (Epilepsy), Fainting, Asthma and Hyperventilation (‘Panic Attack’)                                  

Demonstration of how to use adrenaline auto-injectors for treatment of Anaphylaxis (Epipen and Emerade training pens)

If harnesses are used by the client: Harness Suspension Trauma

Other medical issues may be covered dependent on time/as relevant to the group: conscious Heart Attack/Angina, Diabetes

If applicable to client: Hypothermia /Hyperthermia may be covered


Candidates need to be fit enough to cope with the practical demands of the course i.e. to be able to kneel, roll over a casualty and perform simulated CPR on a manikin. A willingness to participate in all practical aspects of the course is essential, as although there is no formal examination, this course is continually assessed by the trainer.


Emergency First Aid at Work with Sports Injury Module


This course is particularly of interest to PE staff within schools as in addition to the Emergency First Aid at Work course syllabus, the following topics are covered in a bolt-on Sports Injury Module (SIM):

  • Management of Soft Tissue Injuries/ Fractures /Dislocations
  • Return to play decisions post injury (i.e. training or during sports fixtures)
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis (including Epipen training with a training unit)

For the core course syllabus see the Emergency First Aid at Work course details.  This SIM bolt-on module can be added to a 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work course for in-house groups by slightly lengthening the course timings. The course can be delivered over a day at the clients' premises e.g. on an inset day, or subject to our trainers' availability can be delivered over two twilight sessions e.g. 2.30pm - 6.30pm


If required an Advanced Sports Injury Module can also be delivered to cover other more serious injuries including to the head and spine.This does require a longer course timing and may not enable a course to be completed over a single day. Please contact the office to discuss your requirements.


We are able to provide a variety of short courses for schools and childcare settings according to your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements - below are a selection of examples of courses that we have been asked to run in the past:


Lunchtime Supervisor First Aid

This 2 or 2.5 hour session is designed to give lunchtime cover staff basic first aid skills; they are encouraged to call on a first aider whenever unsure or for more major needs. Topics commonly include choking, bumps to heads, burns (hot custard and gravy!) and medical issues e.g. asthma. Medical conditions required is set by the school according to need. A full course content and attendance documentation is provided to the school for their training file.


Anaphylaxis Training

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction which cannot wait to be treated by ambulance staff; for individuals who have previously suffered such a reaction, they are likely to carry an adrenaline auto-injector e.g. Epipen or similar. The training course includes triggers, cross contamination issues, recognition or a reaction, first aid treatment and emergency planning.


Medical Emergencies Training

To support the statutory guidance regarding the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school which came into force on 1st September 2014 we are able to deliver first aid emergency training for schools. This includes for the following medical conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Epilepsy

Session length dependant on the number and combination of conditions that is required and number of staff requiring training; please contact us to discuss your needs.


Paediatric Emergency First Aid

The Paediatric Emergency First Aid course is module 1 (day 1) of the 2-day (12 hour) Paediatric First Aid course which complies with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage document for children aged from birth to five. The shorter 1-day course covers those life-saving first aid emergencies which cannot wait for an ambulance; it is suitable for staff in settings where there are also trained Paediatric First Aiders, or where there is not a direct duty of care for children on the premises e.g. at a soft play centre where children are in the care of their parents. It is NOT suitable for lone childminders or key nursery staff who must hold the full Paediatric First Aid qualification. 

We recognise that children are not small adults – they have physiological differences and particularly with younger children communication can also be a problem. This course addresses these issues with reference to first aid provision.
Training methods are interactive and hands-on, designed to give participants practical skills to deal with children of all ages in any emergency situation.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Principles of first aid
  • Vital signs – adult, child and baby
  • Incident procedure – dealing with incidents
  • Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
  • Dealing with bleeding and shock
  • Resuscitation – includes child and baby
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator
  • Conscious Choking – adult/child and baby
  • Unconscious choking – adult/child and baby
  • Practical scenarios
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Epilepsy/Seizures
  • First aid kits – with particular reference to children
  • Legislation and Administration – including record keeping
  • Emergency action planning

Pre-requisites and logistics:

There are no pre-requisites to attend this course although participants must be fit enough to bend, kneel and simulate CPR on a manikin. This course can be run on the client’s own premises or individuals can book onto an open course. Trainer to student ratio is 1:12 as recommended by the HSE for First Aid at Work courses in order to deliver quality training.


Important information:
This course does not cover adult employees as adult CPR and heart attacks are NOT covered. By extending the minimum course time by an hour, Underwood Training is able to provide a dual certificated course for in-house groups which will meet an employers duty of care to it’s staff as well as to the children in their care. Contact us for details.


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