What is first aid for mental health?

We all have mental health - it can be good, not so good, or bad. Each year 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition.  Covid-19 has been documented to have affected 1.9 million workers in terms of adverse effects on their mental health. Mental health problems are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination.

First Aid for Mental Health courses teach how to identify signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, reduce stigma due to raising awareness of mental health, provide skills in starting supportive conversations, and knowledge of when and how to signpost someone to professional help.  Learners will also gain a greater awareness of recognising stress and techniques for managing this.

Our courses are delivered in accordance with best practice and achieve an Ofqual regulated qualification.  The Health and Safety Executive guidance refers to mental health in the workplace in the 'First aid needs assessment'.

 

Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health

This 4-hour qualification is designed to provide learners with knowledge to increase awareness of mental health issues, to help staff to communicate by noticing issues and starting conversations which will reduce stigma in the workplace and foster a positive working environment.  Learners will know how to recognise and manage stress which is one of the biggest workplace issues in terms of poor mental health.   This course is ideal for anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of this subject and in reducing stigma around talking about mental health in the workplace.

 • 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 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

This 1-day qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Learners will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will 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.

This course is recommended for those who want to create a mentally healthy environment in their workplace and learners with the Level 2 qualification may be expected to act as a point of contact for colleagues who are struggling, and to provide guidance and a pathway to further support or treatment.  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 2 Award in First Aid for Youth Mental Health

This 1-day course is suitable for anyone who actively connects with children such as parents, carers, teachers, youth group leaders and young adults.

The qualification has been designed with children and young people in mind covering areas such as depression, self-harm, eating disorders and bullying and will provide the knowledge and skills to identify a potential mental health condition, start a conversation, and provide support and guidance to professional help.

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Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

This 2-day qualification provides the most comprehensive training, and someone with this level of training may be expected to co-ordinate and support the mental health first aiders in the workplace and to be active in formulating policies around mental health in the workplace.  They may also be active in liaising with management to risk assess and enact change within the workplace to facilitate a positive mental health culture.

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a wider range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. They will know how to start a supportive  conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Learners will recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. Learners will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and understand how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace. Learners will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they can go to get help.

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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Note regarding assessment:

All qualifications are assessed by a 1:1 professional discussion with the Trainer/Assessor online. This will take a maximum of 60 minutes for the Level 3 qualificaiton and is shorter for the Level 1 and 2 qualifications. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred. Due to the nature of distanced learning, it is impossible for the course trainer to assess everyone at once; this assessment will follow your course completion and for most candidates is usually on the day following your course.

 

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