Course Overview

This interactive eLearning course is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues, helping staff to support colleagues who are struggling at work while addressing their own mental health needs. The course also acts as a self-help guide showing what to do if individuals feel they may be struggling to cope at work. Online training covers scenarios that staff may experience – such as telling their boss, improving their working environment and returning to work after an absence – to help raise awareness and reduce discrimination and stigma.

Course Content


1. Know what mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the role of a First Aider for mental health.

1.1 Define mental health
1.2 Indicate understanding of the stigma surrounding mental health
1.3 Identify factors that can affect a person’s mental health
1.4 Understand the role of a First Aider for mental health

2. Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a mental health condition.

2.1 Outline the advice that should be provided to a person suffering from a suspected mental health condition
2.2 Know when to contact the emergency services in respect of first aid for mental health

3. Know how to recognise and manage stress.

3.1 Identify signs of stress
3.2 State how stress can be managed

4. Know how to recognise a range of mental health conditions.

4.1 Identify signs and/or symptoms for the following mental health conditions:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Psychosis
• Eating disorders
• Suicide
• Self-harm

5. Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health.

5.1 State potential effects of alcohol and drug abuse on a person’s mental health

6. Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place.

6.1 Demonstrate the application of the first aid action plan for mental health.

7. Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

7.1 State key factors in providing a positive mental health culture in the workplace
7.2 Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace


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Course Completion

Successful learners will be awarded the FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

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