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

This online course provides you with the knowledge to recognise potential early signs of poor mental health, to learn about mental health conditions, give you the skills to start a conversation and if necessary, signpost the person towards professional help.

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. 

Individual learners have 3-months from the date of purchase to contact us and arrange two 1-hour LIVE guided learning sessions and a 30-min assessment with a facilitator. 

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.

107 Lessons

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  • You will be able to access this course immediately after your purchase is complete.
  • A receipt will be emailed to you.

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

Registration and Introduction

Send Registration and Request Manual

Please read the learner agreement before proceeding

Platform User Guide

About the Level Award

Learning Outcomes

What's involved in the Assessment

Evaluate your progress

Preparing for the 'LIVE' guided learning sessions

Using Zoom

Meet the MHScot Team

What is First Aid for Mental Health

Module 2 - What is First Aid for Mental Health?

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

What is FAMH? - Reflective Practice

Remember to take a break!

Identifying mental health conditions

Module 3 - Identifying Mental Health Conditions

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

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

The First Aider's own Health and Emotions

Resources and Links - Conversations

Conversations - Reflective Practice

Remember to take a break!


Module 5 - Stress


What is Stress?

Stress - What is Stress

What Happens to Body when Stressed?

Some Causes of Stress

Some of the Effects of Stress

Managing Stress

Duty to protect employees from stress

Coping Strategies

Resources and Links - Stress

Stress - Reflective Practice

Guided Learning Session 1 - 1hr

Mental Health Conditions

Module 6 - Mental Health Conditions

Mental Health Conditions


What is depression?

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



Consultant psychiatrist Lynne Drummond explains the symptoms of anxiety, why it becomes a problem for some people, and the psychological and drug treatments for it.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - causes, symptoms & treatment

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

Anorexia nervosa - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

Bulimia nervosa - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

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.

Resources and Links - Eating Disorders

Remember to take a break!

Sensitive Content Alert


Every Life Matters

Why Suicide? Understanding & Dealing With Suicide

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.

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal

Resources and Links - Suicide

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 - 1hr

Re-evaluate your progress

Assessment Reminder

The end is just the beginning

Additional Links

Provide a Testimonial

Fill in Evaluation Form

Engage with us on ongoing mental health education

Access digital resources and information

Share Links and Submit Resources

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