Mental Health First Aider for Early Years and Schools

Mental Health First Aider course, to help you try to understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their life time, so learning how to help is really important.

6 hour Mental Health First Aider (for Early Years and Schools)

Surrey First Aid believes that mental first aid and physical first aid should be treated with the same level of importance. We know the importance in the workplace of knowing how to recognise a heart attack, how to give CPR and how to stop a bleed, but yet we do not give the same focus on how to recognise an anxiety attack, how to give First Aid for a manic episode or how to help when someone is having suicidal thoughts. This is our opportunity to change this. 

This course has been designed with Early Years and Schools settings in mind for those who work with children to provide an understanding of the role of the Mental Health First Aider and to identify those who require mental health support in accordance with the HSE guidelines.

Training can be delivered with the trainer in your venue or online.


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Who was this course designed for?

Mental Health Awareness is for anyone aged 16 years upwards in pre-schools nurseries, and schools who wants and needs to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and successfully help a person get the right support.

Please note that it is important to know that the topics covered in this course can be distressing to some people, as we cover topics such as suicide and self-harm. Please ensure if you are booking the course for somebody else, you communicate the course content with your delegates before you book them on it, so that you know they feel comfortable attending the course.

What is the course content?

This one-day course will ensure delegates gain an understanding of common mental health illnesses and be given the confidence to promote mental health awareness. The course gives delegates the ability to spot signs of mental ill health and the skills to support positive wellbeing for themselves and others.

  • Defining Mental Health 
  • Poor Mental Health Statics
  • Misconceptions, Stigma, Facts and Myths
  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Recognising a Mental Health Problem
  • The Role of the Mental Health First Aider
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms
  • Depression​
  • Anxiety​
  • Psychosis​
  • Bipolar disorder​
  • Eating disorders​
  • OCD​
  • PTSD​
  • Substance abuse​
  • Stress and stress risk assessments​
  • Suicide
What is the course duration?

One day.

What is the assessment method?

There is no formal assessment.

What certificate we do receive?

On completion of the course, delegates will receive a 6 hour Mental Health First Aider certificate.

How do I book?

Groups - If you are interested in booking this course for your group at your venue please fill out our group booking enquiry form.

Individuals - If you are an individual looking to attend our public course, you can book your place here.

What is the cost?

Groups - Please send us an enquiry to receive a personalised quote.

Individuals - £140 + VAT = £168.