Supervising/Leading First Aid for Mental Health (Level 3)

How will this course help me?


This online course covers the content in Level 1 and 2 awards and then goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals.


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 advice and practical support for a person presenting a suspected mental health condition
  • Know how to recognise and manage stress
  • Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health
  • Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place
  • Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace
  • Understand a range of mental health conditions/symptoms and the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers


During the 6-week period you will cover:


  • Module 1 – Introduction
  • Module 2 – What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Module 3 – Identifying mental health conditions
  • Module 4 – Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Module 5 – Stress
    • 2-hour online group session 1
  • Module 6 – Drugs and alcohol
  • Module 7 – First aid action plan for mental health
  • Module 8 – Mental health in the workplace
  • Module 9 – Depression
  • Module 10 – Anxiety
  • Module 11 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • 2-hour online group session 2
  • Module 12 – Self-harm
  • Module 13 – Suicide
  • Module 14 – Eating disorders
  • Module 15 – Personality disorders
  • Module 16 – Bipolar disorder
  • Module 17 – Psychosis
  • Module 18 – Schizophrenia
    • 2-hour online group session 3
  • 1-to-1 Video assessment which takes up to 60 minutes


What are the entry requirements?


This qualification is available to people aged 18 years or over. You must be able to read and self-learn the reference manual and additional resources.


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


How long does it take?


The qualification will take 14 hours, including:


  • Six hours of guided learning (learning with one of our facilitators on several live Zoom sessions, up to a maximum of 15 participants)
  • Eight hours of self-study


You must complete the course within six weeks, including the assessment.


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 as well as being able to make notes and bookmark lessons.


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.


How will I be assessed?


The qualification is assessed by a professional discussion with our facilitator and evidenced by a recorded video call which will take a maximum of 60 minutes.


This recording will be kept following the FAA Data Protection Policy and will not be shared with any person except for quality assurance purposes by FAA, the FAA centre providing the training and the regulatory bodies as required.


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 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)
  • Award in Leading First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 6


The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. We recommend that you attend annual refresher training.


How much does it cost?


The average price per group is £1500 +VAT (£100+VAT per person), based upon a maximum of 15 participants. Please contact us to get a quote for your organisation based upon your needs.

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