Mental health first aid

The purpose of this qualification is to give learners the skills to support colleagues with mental health problems.

Accredited by National Awarding Organisation NCFE CACHE

Free online courses accredited by NCFE CACHE

Overview of Mental health first aid

Aims and objectives

This qualification aims to:

  • Focus on the study of mental health first aid and mental health advocacy in the workplace.
  • Offer breadth and depth of study of mental health first aid.


The objectives of this qualification are to:

  • Introduce and explore different types of mental ill health, and factors that may increase the risk of mental ill health in individuals.
  • Understand how to support individuals with mental ill health within boundaries of own role.
  • Explore how to create a mentally healthy environment for individuals in a variety of settings.

Care and support

Around 450 million people currently experience mental health problems.

Recent reports suggesting that over 12 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in just one year.

It’s important that employers are transparent and open about mental health issues, and this qualification builds an understanding of mental health problems and the support available to colleagues.

Increasing the understanding of mental health of staff at all levels builds a culture of care and support.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for learners who wish to raise awareness of mental health, creating a culture of care and the promotion of positive mental health. 

This qualification gives learners the opportunity to understand mental health, its associated care and how this can be applied to learners or colleagues in the workplace.

Career opportunities

Workers within a wide range of public service roles will interact with those with mental health issues and support needs in their day-to-day work across a number of sectors.

This qualification may be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sector(s)/area(s):

  • Customer service
  • Housing
  • Voluntary sector
  • Sport and recreation
  • Hospitality
  • Travel and tourism

Course units

Learners must achieve all of the mandatory units:

This unit will introduce learners to different types of mental ill health.

They will understand factors which may contribute to mental ill health and actions that can be taken.

The aim of this unit is to understand how to support individuals with mental ill health. 

Learners will understand their responsibilities and how to protect their own mental health.

Learners will know about relevant legislation. 

They will understand mentally healthy environments and wellness action plans.

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Eligibility

Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.

19+ at the start of the academic year.

  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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