Level 2 First Aid for Mental Health OFQUAL RQF

Level 2 First Aid for Mental Health

OFQUAL RQF training course





Every year a number of people in the workplace will experience or suffer a mental health condition which can  affect their work performance or even stop them from working completely causing a negative effect on not just the indivdual and  their families but also cause problems and financial losses to  the Employer and the workplace. Due to stigma and fear of discrimination, Mental health conditions and illnesses are often not disclosed and remain hidden. The HSE guidance 'First aid needs assessment’ refers to mental health in the workplace.

This 6-hour qualification provides learners with the knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Learners will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace. Learners will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they can go to get help.




This course is taught for 6 hours over 1 day.  However it can also be delivered spread over a maximum of 3 weeks,  ensuring that each session is a minimum of two hours (subject to extra cost). The class ratio for this qualification is a maximum of 16 learners to 1 Trainer/Assessor.


Course content


  • Define mental health
  • Stigma surrounding mental health
  • Factors that can affect a person’s mental health
  • Role of a First Aider for mental health
  • Advice and practical support for a person presenting with a mental health condition
  • Contacting the emergency services in respect of first aid for mental health
  • Recognise and manage stress
  • Identify signs and/or symptoms for the following mental health conditions:
  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Psychosis
  4. Eating disorders
  5. Suicide
  6. Self-harm
  • Potential effects of alcohol and drug abuse on a person’s mental health
  • Application of the first aid action plan for mental health
  • Implementing a positive mental health culture in the workplace
  • Key factors in providing a positive mental health culture in the workplace




Please contact MEDISAFE TRAINING  today on   0121 769 2827 for a very competitive unbeatable quote. The course price includes course handouts and certification for each delegate




The qualification is assessed through a written assessment paper and the practical demonstration of the first aid action plan for mental health. Learners must successfully pass both parts of the assessment to be awarded the qualification. There is no grading of the assessment; learners pass or are referred.




An OFQUAL  Regulated RQF  Level 2 Award in  First Aid for Mental Health course certificate lasting 3 years will be issued  subject to successful completion of the course by the delegate. 

Important Information


Please note that delegates must be at least 18 years of age and be able to carry out the procedures detailed in the course outline and must attend all sessions to be eligible for assessment.


Delegates should have good English literacy and numeracy skills to understand the course and to complete the assessments.


Please also note that ID will need to be checked at the outset of the course for candidate verification process.


  • The training room should be quiet and of appropriate size.
  • Staff should be off work and not expected to be on duty.
  • Staff attending should remain on the course for the entire duration of the training course.

OFQUAL SQA RQF first aid training course