Level 1 Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health- Half day

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 HSE guidance ” First aid needs assessments” refers to mental health in the workplace.

This 4-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.

Please note that all mental health first aid courses can be very emotive as all subjects contain sensitive and truthful information and delivered by Paramedics who see this on a regular basis so will be delivered with true examples.  As such all prices quoted include tissues as these maybe needed at some point. Emotional breaks can be taken throughout the day.

 What’s in the course

  • What is first aid for mental health
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advise to someone with a mental health condition
  • Starting a mental health conversation
  • Stress
  • A general overview of mental health conditions

Learners 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.


Entry requirements

The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over.

Qualification delivery


The minimum classroom contact time of 4 hours can be spread over a maximum of 2 weeks. Each session must be a minimum of two hours.


The qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training.

The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress on to the FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health or the FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF).