Mental Health First Aid Level 1 half day course is an introductory programme aiming to raise awareness of mental health and common mental health conditions. The syllabus offers advice on how to look after your own mental health and advice on how to offer support for someone who may be experiencing mental health issues.
The duration of the course is 4 hours and has a maximum of 15 candidates per course.
The Mental Health First Aid Level 1 syllabus covers:
1. Understand the difference between mental health and mental ill health.
- 1.1 Describe how mental health affects human behaviour
- 1.2 Understand mental health and how it relates to mental ill health
2. Describe the components of mental well-being and how it relates to resilience.
- 2.1 Be able to provide examples of well-being in the workplace
- 2.2 Understanding resilience and the capacity to stay mentally well during difficult situations
- 2.3 Understand how to positively support individual well-being in the workplace
3. Understand how risk factors associated with mental ill health can lead to problems in the workplace.
- 3.1 Be aware of risk factors that are caused from mental health
4. Be able to recognise how mental health problems can affect day-to-day living
- 4.1 Recognise how mental health can lead to other known character traits
- 4.2 Understand how mental health problems can affect normality from one day to another
5. Understand how social and cultural attitudes can lead to mental illness
- 5.1 Recognise how stigma and discrimination can lead to overwhelming influences on individuals, communities and societies
- 5.2 Understand how stereotyping can lead to prejudice, discrimination and inequality
- 5.3 Be able to understand the Equality Act 2010 and its significance to mental health
6. Understanding causes of stress and knowing how stress can stem from influences resulting from work
- 6.1 Understand what stress is and how it is commonly defined
- 6.2 Be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of useful stress and harmful stress
- 6.3 Be able to manage stress in the workplace – local and workplace support and self-management
7. Be able to understand the difference between an Anxiety and a Panic attack
- 7.1 Describe what an anxiety is and how it becomes a mental health problem
- 7.2 Define what a panic attack is
- 7.3 Recognise the physical and psychological signs and symptoms of anxiety
- 7.4 Be able to understand what depression is, how it is defined and what the common symptoms are
- 7.5 Be familiar with how to manage depression from a personal aspect
8. Understand why mental health is not discussed in the workplace
- 8.1 Be able to understand why employees do not discuss mental health at work
9. Be able to recognise other types of legislation that applies to Mental Health UK
- Be aware of legislation relating to mental health for employees working or living in England or Wales
10. Be able to understand The Management Standards Approach
- 10.1 Know what the Management Standards Approach is and how it relates to organisational guidelines
- 10.2 Be able to explain all six areas of the Management Standard and understand them as six stress areas
- 10.3 Understand your role as an employer – duty of care and obligations
11. Be able to understand how an employees emotional intelligence enables them to manage their emotions with other people, both individually and in groups.
- 11.1 Understand the 5 components of emotional intelligence
- 11.2 Be able to recognise a change in an employee and how that affects the workplace