Mental Health First Aid (Level 2)


28 Jun 2023


28 Jun 2023

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 Assessment refers to mental health in the workplace.This 6-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. 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.

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FAA (First Aid Awards) accredited certificate which is valid for 3 years.


9.00am to 4.30pm


Borders College, Buccleuch Road, Hawick, TD9 0EH

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Entry requirements

The qualification is available to learners aged 14 or over.It is recommended that learners should hold a minimum of Level 1 in literacy or equivalent to undertake this qualification.It may be possible to allocate a reasonable adjustment to a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need; learners should contact their training provider to discuss.

Progression opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the FAA Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)/Award in Leading First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 6. FAA also offer qualifications in health & safety including manual handling and fire safety, food safety, safeguarding and first aid and related subjects if a learner wanted to diversify.

Additional Funding Information

ITA (Individual Training Account) funding may be available for this course. To find out more, please call 01450 361030 or email



Course Content

The learner will

  • 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 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.


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