A basic introduction to mental health covering stress and a range of mental health conditions. Qualification title: Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health Accreditation: First Aid Awards (SQA Level 4 SCQF) Certification: Valid for 3 years


  • Learners must be at least 14 years or over.  
  • Learners must have sufficient literacy skills to access the reference manual and additional learning materials.
  • Course delivery and learning materials are provided in English.
  • For any online sessions you will need to use a computer with a reasonable internet connection, working camera and microphone.


This course provides you with the knowledge to recognise potential warning signs of poor mental health, the opportunity to learn about common mental health conditions and the skills to start a supportive conversation. 


This is an introductory course and does not qualify you to be a Mental Health First Aider.

Course Syllabus

  • What mental health is, why people develop mental health conditions and the role of a First Aider for Mental Health
  • How to provide advice and practical support for a person presenting a mental health condition
  • How to recognise and manage stress
  • How to recognise a range of mental health conditions:

-       Depression

-       Anxiety

-       Psychosis

-       Eating Disorders

-       Suicide

-       Self-harm


This is an introductory course for anyone wishing to develop a basic understanding of mental health and know how to start a supportive conversation.  It does not qualify you as a Mental Health First Aider. Learners may then choose to go on and complete the Level 5 or Level 6 qualifications.

Delivery & Assessment 

The minimum delivery time for this qualification is 4.5 guided learning hours.  You must attend all teaching hours and complete all assessments to pass the course.   Practical topics must be taught and assessed in the classroom.

This course is delivered using direct teaching methods, group discussion and scenario-based activities.  

Assessment for the qualification includes a written question paper.   NB - For online courses assessment is completed via a 1-1 professional discussion with the tutor using video conferencing.


  • You will be fully supported through all aspects of the assessment process
  • You must attend all teaching hours to qualify for assessment
  • Mobile phones and course books must be put away during the assessment
  • All submitted evidence must be your own work 



It is important that no learner is denied the chance to attend a training course due to a disability.   Our trainers are all experienced teachers with a background in support for learning.   We aim to make sure all learners have fair access to assessment and are given equal opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and practical competence, regardless of additional support needs, disabilities, temporary illness or injury or other adverse circumstances outside their control.

It may be possible to make a reasonable adjustment for a learner who has a disability, medical condition or learning need.   When determining whether a reasonable adjustment is possible, we are obligated to follow the First Aid Awards Reasonable Adjustments Policy.


This course will be delivered in English.  Learners with English as an additional language can make use of a dictionary or other means of translation to support their understanding.


If you think you might need some additional support to access any part of this course, please let us know at the point of booking.  We will then get in touch to discuss your needs in more detail and any permitted reasonable adjustments will be managed as sensitively and confidentially as possible.


Please note:

Reasonable adjustments may require additional time and incur additional costs to the learner.

Reasonable adjustments can only be made where they don’t cause unreasonable expense, impact the wellbeing or other learners, or affect the integrity of the assessments.