The Mental Health First Aid half day course is aimed at providing learners with the knowledge to identify suspected mental health conditions and the skills to start a conversation and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.
A minimum of 4 hours spread over at least one day 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.
A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:
A maximum of 16 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 14 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all.
A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple choice).
A level 1 Award of Awareness for First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. There is no expiry of the qualification, but annual refresher training is recommended.