Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health Course

Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health Course

Each year approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition and at least 1 in 6 employees experience common mental health problems in the workplace. Research has shown that work is the biggest cause of stress which can stop people performing at their best.

Mental health conditions are often hidden due to stigma and fear of discrimination and research has shown that a culture of fear and silence around mental health is costly to employers. The Health & Safety Executive guidance ‘First aid needs assessment’ refers to mental health in the workplace.

This 6-hour qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Delegates will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

Delegates will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they
can go to get help.

Who should attend

  • This course is suitable for everyone but has been designed to help employers to provide a positive mental health culture within the workplace and to provide delegates with comprehensive knowledge on a range of the most common mental health conditions and the skills to be able to act should a condition be suspected.
  • Learners undertaking this course will be considered First Aiders for Mental Health and be a point of contact within the workplace to help and support those with a suspected mental health condition.

Course syllabus

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace

Course duration

  • Six hours excluding breaks
  • Courses are normally run over a seven hour day to allow for breaks and delegate registration

Course dates

  • Closed courses can be held at your site for your group of up to 12 students at times and date to suit you.
  • Individual places available on courses at our various Training Centres.  Please visit our Book Here page for courses close to your location.


  • The qualification is assessed through both a practical demonstration of the First Aid for Mental Health action plan and a written assessment paper which the delegate must successfully pass to be awarded the qualification.
  • There is no grading of the assessment; delegates pass or are referred.
  • Delegates will require sufficient fluency in written and spoken English at national literacy level 1 to cope with the course
  • Due to the content of this course, delegates must be over fourteen years of age


  • On successful completion, students will be awarded a First Aid Awards certificate titled Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health.  First Aid Awards are an OFQUAL approved awarding organisation.

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