Supervising First Aid for Mental Health
We all know it but it’s often overlooked… our emotional health and wellbeing is just as important as our physical health and wellbeing. In the UK, some 10 percent of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. In the workplace, over half a million workers suffer from mental-health related conditions, with around 12.5 million working days being lost in 2016/17 as a result. Tragically, some 5,821 people committed suicide in 2017.
Mental health illnesses are a leading cause of health-related disabilities, and can have long-lasting adverse effects on physical health, educational achievement, social relationships and employment prospects.
This Ofqual regulated, level 3 two day course is aimed at managers, supervisors or those with leadership responsibility. Learners will cover the full syllabus of the mental health awareness and first aid courses, and will also gain a deep understanding of a wider range of mental health conditions and the professional treatments available. They will also understand the basics of introducing a positive mental health culture within a workplace or setting, and know how to provide support for things such as stress.
Qualification details and validity
The Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (England, Wales, Northern Ireland RQF level 3 / Scotland SCQF level 6) does not expire, however regular refresher training is recommended. The course consists of 12 contact hours, including of practical and theoretical activities.
Learners won’t be able to diagnose a specific condition or provide treatment, as with physical first aid, but will have the knowledge to identify when a person may have a mental health condition and know where the person can go to seek help.
The course syllabus includes…
- What is first aid for mental health?
- Identifying mental health conditions (including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-harm, eating disorders, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia and anxiety)
- Drugs and alcohol
- Providing advice and starting a conversation
- Mental health first aid action plan
- Mental health first aid in the workplace
- Managing anger and building self-esteem
Assessment and certification
Assessment is ongoing by the instructor, and via a practical demonstration of the mental health first aid action plan and a written assessment paper covering both multiple choice questions and open questions.
Age restrictions and group sizes
A maximum of 16 learners are allowed per instructor and must be a minimum of 16 years of age.
Training options (open courses, off-peak and on-site training)
- Modern training venues offer ample free parking, free WiFi and free refreshments throughout the day.
- Experienced and friendly instructors.
- Relaxed and enjoyable delivery style.
- All prices subject to VAT.
- Training can take place at a suitable venue of your choice. Sessions can be held during the day, twilights, evenings and weekends.
- More cost-effective for larger groups. (larger group sizes can be accommodated via multiple instructors)
- All prices subject to VAT.