Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1)

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A badge about First Aid for Mental HealthHow will this course help me?


This online course will provide you with the knowledge to recognise early signs of poor mental health and suspected mental health conditions, and give you the skills to start a conversation and if necessary, signpost the person towards professional help.


You will learn:


  • What mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the role of a First Aider for Mental Health
  • How to offer appropriate information and practical support to a person presenting with poor mental health
  • How to recognise and manage stress
  • How to recognise a range of mental health symptoms and conditions


During the 2-week period you will cover:


Module 1 – Introduction

Module 2 – What is First Aid for Mental Health?

Module 3 – Identifying mental health conditions and early signs

Module 4 – Providing advice and starting a conversation

Module 5 – Stress


    • 1-hour group or individual online session


Module 6 – Mental health conditions and behaviours, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm


    • 1-hour group or individual online session


1-to-1 Video assessment which takes up to 30 minutes


There are a total of 85 individual lessons with videos, quizzes, graphics, downloadable resources, links to relevant sites and reflective questions.


What are the entry requirements?


This qualification is available to people aged 16 years or over. You must be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources that we will provide you with.


You will also need to use a computer with a reasonable internet connection in order to access the distance learning resources and communicate with the facilitator.

How long does it take?


Weeks to Complete


Hours of Video Content


Hours of Guided Learning via Zoom, either in groups or individually


Hours (minimum) of Self-Study, including downloadable content and links

What resources will I have access to for self-study?


We use an online learning platform for the self-study part of the qualification. This means that you will be given secure access to a website where you can access resources, videos, useful links, quizzes and reflective study elements.


You will also be able to connect with other learners via a discussion forum where you can share, provide support and ask questions of your fellow learners.


You will be able to message MHScot with any questions, while tracking your progress and we will provide you with ongoing support and encouragement as well as being able to make notes and bookmark lessons.


You will receive access to a digital e-book that compliments the course.


How will I be assessed?


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully pass the professional discussion assessment conducted through video conferencing software which takes around 30 minutes.


There is no grading of the assessment – you either pass or are referred for further training and assessment.


What qualification will I get?


After completing this course, you can decide whether to receive:


  • FAA Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)
  • Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 4


The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement.


How much does it cost?


The price for up to 12 members of staff in-house is £850 + VAT.


The price of an individual place where the guided learning takes place 1-on-1 is £150 + VAT.


What’s included in the cost?


  1. Access to our online learning system packed with content, resources, a discussion forum and links to further reading which you can permanently access , providing you log-in monthly.
  2. Online guided learning sessions with a qualified facilitator
  3. A First Aid for Mental Health e-book or paperback manual
  4. Certification costs
  5. Lifetime access to a large digital library of resources