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Mental Health First Aid - Level 2


With the number of employees suffering from a mental health issue at work increasing every year, being able to provide support and raise the understanding of mental health at work is essential for creating a happier, healthier working environment.

Mental Health First Aid is an online mental health training course that teaches people how to identify, understand and provide suitable support to those who need it. Whilst learners will not be clinically qualified, they will develop the skills to take those initial steps that can make a significant difference.

Teaching basic skills, the topics covered include:

  • Recognising mental ill-health
  • Supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace
  • Understanding how to promote a wellness culture
  • The importance of resilience and self-care.

This course will run for 5 weeks, there will be one session a week each from 6-7pm.

Start dates and fees


This course is currently free for adults aged between 19 and 23 and who have a full Level 2 qualification (or higher), no matter what your current employment or benefits status is.

If you are aged between 19 and 23 and the prior attainment is less than a full Level 2 qualification, the course will not be funded and you will need to pay £50.

The course is also free for adults aged 24 over, no matter what your current employment or benefits status is.

Start Dates

  • Thursday 3 November
  • Thursday 5 January
  • Wednesday 22 February
  • Tuesday 18 April
  • Thursday 8 June

What will I study?

This course is made up of three topic areas:

  • Understanding what is meant by mental health
  • Understanding common mental health conditions
  • Understanding the role of the mental health first aider.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

How long is the course?

The course runs for a total of 5 weeks and learners will be expected to attend a weekly 1 hour online training session and spend an additional 2 hours every week for independent studying.

  • Week 1 - 1 hour online session + 2 hours of independent online study
  • Week 2 - 1 hour online session + 2 hours of independent online study
  • Week 3 - 1 hour online session + 2 hours of independent online study
  • Week 4 - 1 hour online session + 2 hours of independent online study
  • Week 5 -  Revision and assignment support.

Total time to achieve this qualification is 15 hours.

Guided learning hours for this qualification is 15. These hours are made up of all contact time, guidance or supervision of a tutor. Directed learning hours for this qualification is approximately 10 hours over the cycle of the programme. Learners are expected to study and do aspects of their assessment revision in their own time.


How will I be assessed?

Each candidate is required to produce evidence which demonstrates their achievement of all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the qualification by completing a written assignment at the end of the course.

The qualification is graded pass or fail.

What can I progress onto?

Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems (FREE Distance Learning Course) - Level 2

Level 2 Diploma in Care

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

Level 2 or 3 Certificate for Working in the Health Sector

Level 3 Diploma in Health Care Support

Level 2 or 3 Diplomas in Healthcare Support Services

Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills


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How do I apply?

To apply for this course, please call 01623 413602 or email

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