Mental Health First Aid

In the UK alone, 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lifetime. These problems don't just vanish within the workplace. What's worse is that many employers simply don't understand enough about mental health so are often unable to help, sometimes worsening the situation.

We believe Mental Health First Aid Awareness is something that should be taken very seriously.



Workers suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression
HSE 2018/19

12.8 Million

Working days lost
HSE 2018/19


of all work-related ill health cases were accounted to stress, depression or anxiety
HSE 2018/19

Level 2 Award in Mental Health First Aid Awareness

Level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness Qualification structure below specifies the combination of units that need to be achieved for the individual to be awarded the qualification.

This course is appropriate for individuals working in all sectors and aims to develop knowledge and understanding of mental health issues.

1 Understand what is meant by  mental health

1.1 Identify what is meant by the terms mental health and well being by mental health

1.2 Describe the aims of mental health first aid

1.3 Describe how the actions of others can negatively affect individuals with a mental health condition

1.4 Identify what is meant by the mental health continuum

2 Understand common mental health conditions

2.1 Identify the main signs and symptoms of mental health disorders/crises/problems including:

  • depression
  • substance misuse
  • addiction
  • anxiety disorders, including stress, phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • self-harm
  • suicide
  • eating disorders
  • personality disorders
  • psychotic disorders

2.2 Identify risk factors for the mental health disorders/crises/ problems listed above

3  Understand the role of the

3.1 Identify the skills and strengths of a mental health first aider

3.2 Identify common treatments and/or interventions for managing mental ill-health

3.3 Identify how the mental health first aider can support individuals showing signs or symptoms of mental health disorders or problems

3.4 Identify sources of reliable information, support and guidance for mental health first aiders

3.5 Identify examples of strategies that can reduce the risk of mental health issues arising


There must be valid, authentic and sufficient for all the assessment criteria. However, one piece of evidence may be used to meet the requirements of more than one learning outcome or assessment criterion.