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Course Title:

Mental Health First Aid

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Course Description:

You will learn fundamental mental health theory and skills needed to recognise difficulties and provide first aid. Whilst you will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions, you will gain the knowledge to recognise a range of conditions, learn how to provide initial support, and understand when and how to seek professional help. You will explore coping strategies and how to develop self-care for wellbeing.


Please note:

The course is not intended to provide individual support for mental illnesses, but rather to develop knowledge and understanding to help you recognise and respond to difficulties and provide initial support. The training room is not an appropriate therapeutic environment for sharing personal trauma. If you need support with your own mental health, or those close to you, please contact your local mental health services or GP. You can find helpful information on the NHS website at If someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999.


If you are a student at the college and require support, please contact

It is important that if you have any learning support needs, including any mental health issues which may be triggered by the content of the course, that you declare these and have a learning support assessment, so we can ensure appropriate support is available before enrolment.



Entry requirements:

Northern College starts where you are, building on your life skills and experience. You don’t need a formal qualification to begin your studies with us.


What could this course lead to?

This course is beneficial for those who have been out of education or work for a while and are looking to gain new knowledge and skills.  You could progress on to further short courses such as Exploring Mental Health Issues and progress to gaining a qualification such as the Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness. Our Student Support Services team will work with you to design a personalised learning journey based on your needs and aspirations.


Funding Support Statement:

You may be eligible to study for free if you are unemployed, on certain benefits, or earn £17,374.50 a year or less.  We can confirm when you apply or contact our Student Support Services team to learn more.


Possible careers:

Healthcare Support Services, Mental Health Support Worker,

Need more Information?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Virtual Open Events

Tuition Fee: £50*

* Please note the fee displayed is for the tuition fee only. If you are staying overnight at the college and you are not eligible for residential funding, there will be an additional charge to cover bed, breakfast and evening meal.
* Please confirm with The College Registry as fees can change and also with regards to your circumstances (unless otherwise stated).

email : mis at northern dot ac dot uk
Tel : 01226 776000