In the classroom, this course runs over 1 day. With the blended learning solution, the learner is able to undertake individual study and guided research, in preparation for two 2 hour virtual classroom sessions.
Anyone can be affected by a mental health condition either themselves or a family member, friend or colleague. This course is suitable for everyone but has been designed to help employers to provide a positive mental health culture within the workplace and to provide learners with comprehensive knowledge on a range of the most common mental health conditions and the skills to be able to act should a condition be suspected.
Learners undertaking this course will be considered First Aiders for Mental Health and be a point of contact within the workplace to help and support those with a suspected mental health condition. This course also covers the effects of drugs and alcohol and provides learners with the skills and knowledge to assist employers in implementing a positive mental health culture to support employees within a workplace.
A range of subjects are covered including:
- What is First Aid for Mental Health
- Identifying mental health conditions
- Providing advice and starting a conversation
- Drugs and alcohol
- First Aid for Mental Health action plan
- First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
Upon successful completion of the qualification assessment, Learners will be awarded the OFQUAL regulated Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)/Award in First Aid for Mental Health at SCQF Level 5.
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 re-qualify for a further three years.
The qualification is assessed via video conferencing software by a professional discussion with the tutor / assessor. This will include a practical demonstration of the First Aid for Mental Health Action Plan and a verbal test of theoretical knowledge. No external assessors are required.