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Course description 

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.

This online course 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. Learners 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.

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.

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Know what mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the role of a First Aider for mental health
  • Know how to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a mental health condition
  • Know how to recognise and manage stress
  • Know how to recognise a range of mental health conditions
  • Understand the impact of substance abuse on mental health
  • Understand the first aid action plan for mental health and be able to put it in place
  • Know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace

Who is the course for?

  • Employees in a work place environment
  • Health and care professionals

What’s the value of this course?

Undertaking a first aid for mental health course gives a deeper understanding of the mental health issues that surround us everyday. One in four people suffer from a mental health condition and therefore understanding how to recognise the signs and symptoms, be able to start a conversation about it and knowing where to signpost to professional help is vital.

Just like physical first aid we may often be the first person around when someone reaches a crisis point so having the skills and understanding in this situation can be lifesaving.

This course will provide you with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions. You will also receive a course e-book to support your knowledge and understanding.


This course is available via two pathways, both delivered virtually. Learners must choose at least one pathway when selecting their ticket:

Pathway 1: Non-Regulated

This is a non-regulated course and certification is awarded by Sport Structures. The duration of the course is 6 hours, which is often split into 2 course sessions or one block of learning. This is often the most popular pathway.

Pathway 2: Regulated Qualification

This involves registration with an awarding organisation. Learners will complete the same learning format as the non-regulated pathway but will then be required to have a professional discussion with the assessor and practically demonstrate their application of the first aid action plan for mental health. Again, this will be completed virtually. Once achieved, this qualification is then valid for three years from the date of achievement and it is 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.

Learner eligibility

Learners need to be a minimum of 14 years of age and have the literacy skills to be able to read and self-learn the ebook and additional resources.

Format / duration:

This course will be delivered through a virtual classroom format. The timings are dependent on the pathway you choose:

  • 6 hours for the non regulated pathway
  • 7 hours for the regulated pathway


Fees start from £55 per person for the non regulated pathway and £85 per person for the regulated pathway.

Online requirements

In order to access this course online via a virtual classroom, learners will be required to:

  • Have access to a laptop or tablet. A smartphone device is accepted but functionality can be limited. The device must have access to a microphone as the sessions will be interactive.
  • Have good WIFI access
  • Have access to an environment with limited distractions which is conducive to learning 
  • Be able to log into the course 10 minutes ahead of the designated start time.

If you have any additional learning needs, please let us know when registering for the course so we can support you.


Learners who choose the regulated qualification could progress to the FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF). Learners who choose the non regulated pathway can progress onto achieving the qualification.

Register Interest

The registration of interest process is free. Your payment details are not required. You will be asked to complete your 'booking' details but this will simply be to register your interest and not book onto a course.

Our courses

Our courses are delivered in partnership with Sport Birmingham, Together Active and Think Active.

Course organisation

This course can also be delivered to organisations that have cohorts of learners. The timings can be flexible according to the needs of the group.

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Course Dates

Our next cohort dates are to be confirmed.