Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health (Level 1)

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

This course is an introductory course only and does not qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider

How will this course help me?

This online course 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

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 video 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 video guided learning session


1-to-1 video assessment 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?


We provide you with


  1. Access to our user-friendly online learning system. This is where you can track your progress and access all the resources, videos, useful links, quizzes and reflective study elements of the course.
  2. Additional content that complements the qualification with supplementary resources, links for further reading, lots of signposting information, a discussion forum and more!
  3. Live online classes with a qualified facilitator
  4. A First Aid for Mental Health manual
  5. A digital certificate
  6. Lifetime access to a large digital library of resources

What does the assessment involve?


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully pass a verbal professional discussion assessment conducted through video conferencing software 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.

Your investment in this 2-week course is

  • Invest in up to 12 team members in-house

  • £1200+ VAT per course
  • If you are a small non-profit or micro business in the UK, we are particularly keen to work with you. Have a chat with us about your budget and potential discounts.

  • Invest in an individual place

  • £200+ VAT per place
  • Individual learners have 3-months 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.