First Aid for Mental Health (Level 2)

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How will this course help me?


This online course covers the content of the Level 1 course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported in the workplace. You do not need to do Level 1 in order to do Level 2.


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 provide support and start a conversation with someone experiencing poor mental health
  • How to recognise and manage stress
  • How to recognise a range of mental health conditions and behaviours
  • The impact of substance abuse on mental health
  • The First Aid Action Plan for mental health and how to put one in place
  • How to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace
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During the 3-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


    • 1.5-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

Module 7 – Drugs and alcohol

Module 8 – First Aid Action Plan for mental health

Module 9 – Mental health in the workplace


    • 1.5-hour group or 1-to-1 live video guided learning session


1-to-1 video assessment which takes up to 40 minutes


This course is enhanced 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 14 years or over. Due to this being a distance learning qualification and the level of unsupervised learning required, you must have the literacy skills be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources.


You will need access to 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 self-study resources will I have access to?


We provide you with access to the self-study material on our online learning platform. This is where you can track your progress and access all the resources, videos, useful links, quizzes and reflective study elements of the course.


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


You will receive access to a digital e-book or paperback manual which compliments the course.

What does the assessment involve?


To be awarded the qualification you must successfully pass the professional discussion assessment conducted through video conferencing software which takes around 40 minutes. The assessment paper is a mix of multiple choice questions and open questions with short answers.


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

What qualification will I receive?


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


  • FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)
  • Award in First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 5


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

Your investment in this 3-week course is


To invest in up to 12 members of staff in-house is £1500 + VAT.


To invest in an individual place where the guided learning takes place 1-on-1 is £300 + VAT.


EARLY BIRD OFFER – Book an in-house course before 15th December 2021* to secure a discount (* for course delivery between now and 1st April 2022).

Here’s a summary of what’s included


  1. Access to our online learning system packed with content, resources, a discussion forum and links to further reading which you can access permanently, providing you keep your account active.
  2. Live video 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