Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health - Level 1 Watch Preview

1-to-1 = £200 + VAT

Groups of up to 12 = £1200 + VAT

This course is an introductory course only and does not qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider. It does, however, let you understand the role and provide assistance to a qualified Mental Health First Aider. 

This course aims to provide you with an introduction into the role of a Mental Health First Aider. You'll gain knowledge and skills that will help you support an officially qualified Mental Health First Aider in their mission to spread awareness, understanding, and compassion in mental health care. So come join us and make a difference!

You will learn:

  • What mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the role of a First Aider for Mental Health
  • How to offer appropriate information and practical support to a person presenting with poor mental health
  • How to recognise and manage stress
  • How to recognise a range of mental health conditions and behaviours

Before purchasing this qualification, please visit our Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health page. This outlines what is required to undertake the course. 

The minimum self-study time = 4.5-hours

Each learner has a maximum of 30 minutes with a facilitator to complete a verbal 1-to-1 assessment via Zoom.

Individual Learners (One-to-One)

One-to-One learners have four weeks from the date of purchase to contact us and schedule two 1 hour LIVE Zoom guided learning sessions and a 30-minute assessment. The sessions and assessment must be scheduled within a two-week time frame.

Group Bookings

If you are part of a workplace in-house group these will have been arranged for you and you will attend the sessions with your colleagues.

109 Lessons

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109 Lessons in Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health - Level 1:

Registration and Introduction

Meet the MHScot Team

Introduce yourself

Module 1 - Activities to undertake in this module

Approximate time to complete this module = 30 minutes

Learning Platform User Guide

Community Forum

Send your registration form and request a manual

Please read this learner agreement before proceeding

About the Level Award

Learning Outcomes

What's involved in your assessment

Evaluate your progress

Preparing for the 'LIVE' guided learning sessions

How to use Zoom - Guide

What is First Aid for Mental Health

Module 2 - What is First Aid for Mental Health?

Approximate time to complete this module = 50 minutes

Take a Quiz

Looking After Your Mental Health

What is Mental Heath?

What is First Aid for Mental Health?

Roles and Responsibilities

What is Mental Health?

The Impact of Mental Health Problems

Mental Health Stigma

The Effects of Stigma

Coping with Stigma

Reducing Stigma

Mental Health Statistics

Resources and Links - Mental Health

Being a Mental Health First Aider - Reflective Practice

Remember to take a break!

Identifying mental health conditions

Module 3 - Identifying Mental Health Conditions

Approximate time to complete this module = 30 minutes

Mental Health Continuum

Mental Health Continuum

Mental Health Risk Factors

Early Warning Signs

Pathologizing mental health

How to spot the signs of mental health conditions

Resources and Links - Identifying Conditions

Identifying Conditions - Reflective Practice

Providing advice and starting a conversation

Module 4 - Providing Support and Starting a Conversation

Approximate time to complete this module = 35 minutes

We All Have Mental Health

How to Start a Conversation

Starting the Conversation

Non-Judgemental Listening Skills

5 tips on how to start a conversation about mental health

When to Contact Further Help

When to Contact the Emergency Services

Having a Healthy Conversation

Empathy vs Sympathy

The First Aider's own Health and Emotions

Resources and Links - Conversations

Support and Conversations - Reflective Practice

Remember to take a break!


Module 5 - Stress

Approximate time to complete this module = 29 minutes


What is Stress?

What Happens to Body when Stressed?

Stress - It can be helpful

Some Causes of Stress

Some of the Effects of Stress

Managing Stress

Work-Related Statistics

Duty to protect employees from stress

Coping Strategies

Resources and Links - Stress

Stress - Reflective Practice

Guided Learning Session 1 - 1-hour

Mental Health Conditions

Module 6 - Mental Health Conditions and Behaviours

Approximate time to complete this module = 95 minutes

Mental Health Conditions


What it is like to have depression


Nathan, Hannah, Helen, Rishi and Georgina talk about their experiences of depression, including how it feels, what's helped them and how their friends and family can help.

Resources and Links - Depression


A story of coping with Anxiety

When Hannah Wolfe was in 7th grade she had her first encounter with anxiety in the form of a panic attack. She is in her 20's now and continues to struggle with anxiety and panic attacks but has a support system through family and mental health programs.

The physical effects of anxiety

Alex's Mental Health Story

Resources and Links - Anxiety

Remember to take a break!


What is psychosis?

Resources and Links - Psychosis

Eating Disorders

An Eating Disorder Specialist Explains How Trauma Creates Food Disorders

Resources and Links - Eating Disorders

Anorexia Recovery Story: How I Survived An Eating Disorder

Jodie was 15 when she was diagnosed with anorexia. In I Survived An Eating Disorder, she talks about the crippling condition and how it felt to live with a split personality.

Remember to take a break!

Sensitive Content Alert


Every Life Matters

Suicide | Talking about mental health

Alicia, Lee, Graham and Miriam talk about what it's like coping with suicidal feelings and how they've learned to manage.

Access FREE online suicide awareness training

Resources and Links - Suicide

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Sensitive Content Alert


What is Self-Harm?

Zainab, Lechelle, Debbie and Ben talk about their experience of self-harm, what causes it, how it feels and how they think people can help.

Turning to Self-harm

A powerful animated documentary relating the story of India, a young woman who began self-harming as a response to anxiety caused by being bullied and low self-esteem.

Resources and Links - Self-harm

Conditions - Reflective Practice

Guided Learning Session 2 - 1-hour

Re-evaluate your progress

Assessment Reminder

The end is just the beginning

Additional Website Links

Share Websites and Information with our Community

Please fill in Evaluation Form after your assessment

Testimonial - How did we do?

Consider further education

Access digital resources and information

Connect with us on Social Media and Newsletter Subscription

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