Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental health issues are becoming more widely understood and people are now more likely than ever to seek help for mental health problems. Although things are improving, knowing how to take care of our mental health or how to best help others at home and in the workplace is still a challenge.

Becoming a mental health first aider gives you the skills to know how to support a friend, family member or colleague experiencing a mental health issue, or where to go for support with your own mental health. You can learn how to identify, understand and help others suffering from mental health problems. Our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach you the skills to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. We look at what the warning signs are and how to have the confidence that you can approach and support someone while keeping them and yourself safe.

Our mental health first aid courses are available in either half, one day or two day variants.

 

Half Day: Identifying Mental Health Issues and Signposting Services

This half day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and to develop the skills to start a conversation, signposting the person towards professional help. The following content is covered:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress
  • Mental health conditions

Duration: A minimum of 4 hours. Ideally, the course should be run in one day, but must be completed within 2 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours.

Numbers: A maximum of 12 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, either regulated via our partner subject to assessment.

Assessment: A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification: A Level 1 Award in Awareness for First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This 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.

 

One Day: First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace

This one day course covers the content of the Level 1 course but also expands on the effects of drugs and alcohol, incorporates the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and covers ways in which a positive mental health culture can be supported within a workplace. The following content is covered:

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

Duration: A minimum of 6 hours spread over at least one day. Ideally, the course should be run in one day.

Numbers: A maximum of 12 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, either regulated via our partner subject to assessment.

Assessment: A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification: A Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health, subject to successful assessment. This 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.

 

Two Days: Mental Health First Aid for Supervisors, Trainers and Assesors

This two day course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals. It covers the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications but is aimed at Trainer/Assessors and/or supervisor level within the workplace. The following content is covered:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Suicide
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental health conditions
  • Personality disorders
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Bipolar disorder
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • Psychosis
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Duration: A minimum of 12 hours spread over at least two days. Ideally, the course should be run over two consecutive days, but must be completed within 6 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours

Numbers: A maximum of 12 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, either regulated via our partner subject to assessment.

Assessment: A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).

Certification: Certification A Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This 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.

 

Available Courses Duration Per Course Per Person
Mental Health First Aid: Half Day 4 Hours £550 £50
Mental Health First Aid: One Day 4 Hours £1375 £125
Mental Health First Aid: Two Days 4 Hours £2200 £200

 

Please note:

Maximum of 12 people per course.

All prices are subject to VAT

Terms and Conditions apply.

Lightning Training Solutions are members of the Federation of First Aid Training Organisations

Lightning Training Solutions are members of The First Aid Industry Body


The Quality Management system at FAIB holds 3rd Party Certification via a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) Accredited Certification Body.

First Aid for Mental Health Courses available across Somerset from Lightning Training Solutions

 

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