Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1/4)

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Here’s an overview of all our First Aid for Mental Health Courses

This is an introductory course only and does not qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider. It does, however, let you understand the role and provide assistance to a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

What will I gain from this qualification?

This online qualification provides you with the knowledge to recognise potential early signs of poor mental health, to learn about mental health conditions, give you the skills to start a conversation and if necessary, signpost the person towards professional help.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • 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 conditions and behaviours
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During the 2-week period you will cover:


Module 1 – An introduction to the Qualification

Module 2 – What is First Aid for Mental Health?

Module 3 – Identifying mental health conditions and early signs

Module 4 – Providing support and starting a conversation

Module 5 – Stress


    • 1 hour group or 1-to-1 live online Zoom guided learning session


Module 6 – The following mental health conditions and behaviours –  depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm


    • 1 hour group or 1-to-1 live online Zoom guided learning session


1-to-1 assessment conducted online via Zoom which takes up to 30 minutes


What are the entry requirements?


The minimum age is 14 years or over. This distance learning qualification requires a level of unsupervised learning and literacy skills be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources.

How long does it take?


Weeks to Complete


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


Hours (minimum) of Self-Study

What resources will I have access to?


You will benefit from


  1. Lifetime access to our user-friendly, interactive online learning system which includes a collection of informational resources to utilise as a “go to” source of knowledge, including online lessons, discussions, articles, statistics, graphics, and research.
  2. Live, interactive sessions conducted online by a skilled facilitator
  3. A First Aid for Mental Health guide to refer to at any time
  4. A digital certificate from an educational awarding body
  5. Lifetime access to a large digital resource library

What does the assessment involve?


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully pass a verbal professional discussion assessment conducted online via Zoom which takes around 30 minutes. The assessment paper is a mix of multiple choice questions and open questions with short answers.

What qualification will I receive?

You can choose to receive either:


  • FAA Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health RQF – applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 4 – applies to Scotland


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

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Group Bookings

£1200 + VAT for between 6 and 12 people


Courses for one to five people cost £200 + VAT per individual.



Individual Booking

£200 + VAT per person


Individual learners have 4 weeks from the date of purchase to contact us and arrange 2 x 1-hour LIVE Zoom guided learning sessions and a 30-minute assessment. The sessions and assessment need to be scheduled within a 2-week period.