Mental Health Training

Why Invest in Mental Health Training?

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime. While mental health problems are common, most are mild and tend to be short term and can be successfully treated using professional therapies, medication, self-help techniques or a combination of these treatment methods.

Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, but can also be caused by work related issues.

Where work related stress is prolonged, it can lead to both physical and psychological damage, including anxiety and depression. Work can also aggravate pre-existing conditions, and problems at work can bring on symptoms or make their effects worse.

Employer Responsibility

Whether work is causing the health issue or aggravating it, employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. Work related mental health issues must be assessed to measure the risk levels to staff. Where risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove it, or reduce it as far as reasonably practicable.

Legal Requirements

It is possible that some employees will have pre-existing physical or mental health conditions when recruited or may develop one caused by work-related factors. Their employers may have further legal requirements to make reasonable adjustments under the equalities legislation.

Core Standards

The government commissioned report ‘Thriving at work’ sets out a framework of actions called ‘Core Standards’ which recommend employers of all sizes can and should put in place. The standards have been designed to help employers improve the mental health of their workforce. 

First Aid for Mental Health Aims

Preserve life where a person could be a danger to themselves or others. Alleviate suffering by providing immediate comfort and support. Prevent the condition from developing into a more serious problem. Promote recovery of good mental health by signposting and obtaining professional support.

Our Courses

Our First Aid for Mental Health courses are awarded certification by the First Aid Awards Ltd, who are regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation. The qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Level 1
Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health 

This course is suitable for everyone as it provides learners with the key knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions, have the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost a person towards professional help.

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Level 2
First Aid for Mental Health      

This course  provides learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions, start a conversation and signpost a person towards professional help.The effects of drugs and alcohol and the First Aid Action Plan are included in this course.

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Level 3
Supervising First Aid for Mental Health 

In addition to the Level 2 content, this course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions, plus the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. This course is aimed at those employed at supervisor or manager level in the workplace.

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