Update April 2020: This qualification is changing!
The assessment method is now available as multiple-choice examination, which can be taken via our e-assessment system, Highfield Works. Please see the qualification specification for more details. The open response workbook option will be withdrawn from 31 July 2020.
Who is this qualification for?
The role of a first aider for mental health is to provide basic mental health support or to be the first response to someone in need, usually in the workplace. The first aider for mental health is not clinically qualified to assess, diagnose or treat mental ill health but they will know the basic tools to listen to individuals who require first response support for their mental health. This qualification can be taken by learners preparing to enter employment or by those who are already in employment.
How long will it take?
The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 15 hours and of this 12 hours are recommended as guided learning hours (GLH).
This is a knowledge-only qualification that provides underpinning knowledge and understanding in relation to the principles of first aid for mental health, recognising mental ill health in self and others, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace, understanding how to promote a wellness culture in the workplace and the importance of resilience and self-care for first aiders for mental health.
Option 1: This qualification is assessed through completion of an open-response learner workbook which will be assessed and internally quality assured by the centre. This method will be withdrawn 31 July 2020.
Option 2: This qualification is assessed by 2 multiple-choice examinations, which will be marked by Highfield.