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Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and Well-being Advocacy

Course Overview

A recent survey found that 48% of respondents had taken time off work due to unmanageable stress. Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA’s) are now becoming an integral and often vital resource across a variety of sectors. The role of a Mental Health First Aider is to be the first point of contact for anyone who is experiencing a mental health issue or some form of emotional distress.

This Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health First Aid and Well-being Advocacy is aimed at anyone who is working or is keen to work in a wide range of roles in workplace settings. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable you to take up the role of a Mental Health First Aider.

All units are mandatory with workplace experience being beneficial for learners to complete unit 5. This course is only available in Scotland.

Key Information

Course Length
8 to 12 weeks on average

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Fully online course
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited Level 2 qualification
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • No hidden costs
  • Only available in Scotland

Cost and Funding Information

Funded Course
Scotland Only

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Mandatory units

Unit 1: Understanding mental health and well-being

  • Section 1: Understand mental health, well-being and advocacy
  • Section 2: Understand factors which may contribute to mental ill-health
  • Section 3: Understand legislation that supports mental health in the UK

Unit 2: Stigma and stereotypes that individuals with mental ill-health may face

  • Section 1: Understand the stigma and stereotypes that individuals with mental health may face
  • Section 2: Understand the impact of attitudes and perceptions of mental health for individuals and organisations

Unit 3: Safeguarding individuals who may experience mental ill-health

  • Section 1: Understand how to safeguard individuals and the importance of a person-centred approach
  • Section 2: Understand the importance of positive relationships
  • Section 3: Understand the principles of online safety for safeguarding those who experience mental ill-health
  • Section 4: Understand how to respond to concerns with safeguarding

Unit 4: The role and responsibilities of a mental health first aider

  • Section 1: Understand the roles and responsibilities of a mental health first aider
  • Section 2: Understand what to do when first responding to a mental health emergency
  • Section 3: Understand health environments that promote well-being
  • Section 4: Understand processes to follow when individuals face mental health crisis
  • Section 5: Know the importance of having a wellness action plan

Unit 5: Mental health first aid in a workplace environment

  • Section 1: Understand the fundamentals of mental health first aid in a workplace environment
  • Section 2: Understand the types of mental ill health in individuals in a workplace environment
  • Section 3: Understand actions to take when an individual is facing a mental health crisis

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