What is First Aid for Mental Health?

First Aid for mental health should be thought of in the same way as First Aid for physical health. When providing first aid for mental health there is no expectation that a diagnosis of a mental health condition will be done but that there would be initial support for someone who is having a mental health crisis. When a first aider attends someone who is hurt or experiencing physical discomfort they are not expected to be able to diagnose or treat that person. Rather the first aider is expected to keep that person safe until professional help can be accessed. The mental health first aider will be the one who supports the person going through a mental health crisis until further help can be obtained.

Why does First Aid for Mental Health matter?

First Aid for mental health matters because everyone has mental health. One in four people in the UK will have a mental health condition and so if people are trained to recognise the triggers of mental illness, feel confident about starting conversations with others and knowing where to signpost for further help this can only improve the mental wellbeing within both home and the workplace.

What is First Aid for Mental Health Awareness?

First Aid for Mental Health Awareness is the initial support provided to a person experiencing a mental health problem until professional help is received or until the crisis is resolved.

Raising awareness of mental health conditions will help employers to improve the mental health of their workplace and enable individuals with mental health conditions thrive.

The First Aid for Mental Health courses are certified for three years from the date of training. These qualifications are regulated in the UK and awarded by First Aid Awards. FAA are an Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual and SQA Accreditation.

Please contact us to find out more about the First Aid for Mental Awareness courses, or complete a booking enquiry form if you are interested in a specific course.