Level 3 Supervising First Aid for Mental Health

Course Information

This 2-Day course goes into detail on a wide range of mental health conditions and the support and help provided by healthcare professionals.

On the course you will gain the knowledge to recognise a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. You will learn how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help.

You will be able to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. You will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and understand how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace.

You 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.

It covers the content of both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications but is aimed at Trainer/Assessors and/or supervisor level within the workplace.


Course Duration

A minimum of 12 hours spread over at least two days. Ideally, the course should be run over two consecutive days, but must be completed within 6 weeks of starting the course, with each training session a minimum of two hours.


A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Identifying mental health conditions

  • Self-harm

  • Providing advice and starting a conversation

  • Suicide

  • Stress

  • Eating disorders

  • Mental health conditions

  • Personality disorders

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Bipolar disorder

  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan

  • Psychosis

  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace

  • Schizophrenia

  • Depression

  • Anxiety


A maximum of 16 students are allowed on the course and must be a minimum of 16 years of age. A certificate can be offered to all, subject to assessment.



A range of methods are used, including practical and questioning (open and multiple-choice).



A Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement. It is strongly recommended that the learner attends annual refresher training. The learner will need to complete the full course again to requalify for a further three years.