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Mental Health First Aid

for Line Managers


  • Duration:

  • Format:

Minimum 8 hours

In-person, online or blended

  • Qualification:

Level 2 Award, valid for 3 years

This course is for a group of learners.  Looking for a course for individuals?


Line Managers, HR professionals and those in well-being roles are critical to mitigating the impact of mental health problems on their people and organisation.

This course will enable learners to build a mentally healthier environment, whilst recognising and providing initial support to an adult or young person who may be experiencing a mental health problem. On successful completion, they may be referred to as a 'Mental Health First Aider', 'Mental Health Champion' or 'Mental Health Advocate'.

Learners will gain an understanding of the mental health continuum and how an individual's mental health may change over time. They will explore risk factors for developing a mental health problem, as well as the relationship between substance use and mental health.

Learners will then gain knowledge of common triggers and early warning signs for specific mental health problems. They will also explore organisations that provide specialised support.

Learners will then consider how they can make a difference. They will learn how to use the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan to start a safe and supportive conversation, encouraging appropriate self-help or professional support when necessary. Learners will develop enhanced communication skills, through non-judgemental listening.

Learners will also explore how to become more mentally resilient, as well as discovering ways that they can challenge stigma and contribute to a positive mental health culture where everyone can thrive.

Finally, learners will consider how they can use the HSE Management Standards and Stevenson-Farmer report to help them build an open and positive mental health culture in their organisation. They will leave the course with a personal, actionable list that will allow the individuals in their organisation to thrive and perform at their best.


Session 1 - Mental Health

• What is mental health?

• Hollistic well-being
• The mental health continuum
• Prevalence and risk factors
• Impact of mental health problems
• Substance use and mental health


Session 2 - Common Problems

• Stress and Reslience
• Anxiety (inc. GAD, PTSD & secondary trauma)
• Depression (inc. general, post-natal & SADS)
• Eating disorders (inc. anorexia, bulimia & BED)
• Psychosis and Schizophrenia

• Self-harm and Suicide

Session 3 - Making a Difference

• Building individual mental resilience
• The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan
• Starting a safe and supportive conversation
• Appropriate self-help strategies
• Signposting to professional help

Session 4 - Building a Truely Healthy Environment

• Challenging stigma
• Developing a positive mental health culture
• The HSE Management Standards
• The Stevenson-Farmer report
• Well-being and Mental Health Plans and Policies
• Mental health commitments
• Mental health risk assessments
• Tracking progress

This course can be delivered in-person, online or using a blend of both - whatever works best for you and your learners!


The face-to-face version of this course can be delivered to groups of up to 16 people. It will be delivered at your venue by a specialist Paramedic educator who has lots of experience of dealing with mental health problems.

If required, it can be delivered in 2 separate half day sessions, on different days, in the evenings or even at weekends!


To get the 'best of both worlds', this course can be completed as blended learning.

Learners first complete interactive eLearning before attending webinar or face-to-face training.


eLearning allows flexibility around the development of core knowledge, whilst the in-person element helps learners to contextualise the learning to their individual situation.


The webinar version of this course is the same as the face-to-face format, except it's delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

It's delivered over 3 separate webinar sessions, to groups of up to 20 people, at a time to suit you.


The eLearning version of this course gives learners flexibility. They can study at a time, place, pace and on a device that suits them.

This is a fully interactive eLearning course. It's definitely NOT just a PowerPoint presentation or recording of a classroom session, as you might find elsewhere!

Throughout the course learners have access to their Tutor, who will be a healthcare professional with lots of experience of dealing with mental health problems.


This course leads a nationally recognised, regulated qualification, the...


FAA Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)

...which means that it's quality assured to OFQUAL standards.


In-person courses (face-to-face and webinar), are assessed via a scenario based practical and a short written paper.

Online courses (webinar or eLearning) are assessed via an individual 45 minute professional discussion via Zoom or MS Teams.


Following successful assessment, learners will receive an eCertificate, which is valid for 3 years.


Paper certificates are available if you prefer.


  • Enjoyable training, tailored to your needs

  • Consistently outstanding feedback

  • Designed/delivered by healthcare professionals

  • Friendly and responsive customer service

  • Nationally recognised qualifications

  • eCertificates, valid for 3 years

  • Fully insured, registered and accredited

  • No charges for amendments or cancellation

  • 20% discount on your first course



New customers get 20% off their first course with us!




We think you'll love this course and that our prices represent excellent value for money.

However, if you do find a similar course at a cheaper price, just let us know and we'll price match it. That way, you can have great training at the best price!

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