Leading First Aid for Mental Health - 2 day

The two-day Leading First Aid for Mental Health course is for those who are looking to become a certified First Aider for Mental Health within their organisation.

Upon completion of the course, certificated candidates will be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health illnesses, and effectively guide a colleague towards the right support.

It is recommended that an organisation has a similar number of Mental Health First Aiders to Physical First Aiders. Ideally this should be a different individual, providing further resilience for colleagues in the workplace.

The First Aid for Mental Health related subjects covered are:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Self-harm
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Suicide
  • Stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Mental health conditions
  • Personality disorders
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Bipolar disorder
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • Psychosis
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Who should attend?

The course is suitable for those who want to gain the necessary skills to have a non-judgmental conversation, recognise the signs and symptoms of common workplace mental health issues and effectively guide a person towards the right support.

The minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old.

How long does the course last?

The course lasts for two days. Candidates are required to complete twelve contact hours of training and assessment. It is therefore necessary that candidates are able to attend for the whole duration of the course.


9.00am until 4.45pm each day.


Candidates will be assessed throughout the course. A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).


Successful candidates will receive a certificate which is valid for three years.

Important information

Please be aware that this course focuses on employees in the workplace and covers subjects that some people may find distressing. Do not book your candidate(s) onto this course without firstly checking with them that they feel comfortable in attending.

Need more information?

If you need further information regarding our Leading First Aid for Mental Health courses please call 0300 4 666 999 or email sales@firstaid.org.uk.