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Mental Health First Aid
- Level 2 Qualification

Understand how to support individuals with mental ill health

In this free course you will learn about different types of mental ill health and how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses.

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Fully-funded by UK Government. Qualifications accredited by NCFE or TQUK.

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Free online course

The free courses is fully-funded by HM Government.

No fee, no card details and no trial periods.

Certificate included

The certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing a nationally recognised qualification.

6 week course

The free online course takes on average 6 weeks to complete.

This is based on 4-5 hours of weekly study.

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The free course is 100% online.

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Flexible learning

Learn from the security of your home, office or wherever you feel comfortable.

No exams

You will complete assessment questions based on the skills and knowledge you have gained from the manageable course units.

Expert support

A tutor will be allocated who will support you throughout the free course and provide valuable feedback against your assessments.


Our free training is centred around continued professional development.

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About this free online course

This free online mental health first aid course equips you with the confidence, skills, and qualification to support others with mental ill health.

You will explore mentally healthy environments, develop wellness action plans and discover how to protect your own mental health.

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This free course is brilliant for career progression and can open doors to many personal opportunities, but we believe it offers even more potential – the skills needed to make a genuine difference in other people’s lives…

1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.

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Develop the confidence to support others in times of crisis or distress

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Open doors to rewarding careers that make a real difference to others


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About your certificate

Receive an accredited certificate – your certificate is a record of achievement and your reward for completing the nationally recognised qualification.

HM government funding

We connect you with training providers that use the UK Government’s Adult Education Budget to fund this free online course.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • Aged 19 or over as of 31/8/22
  • Living in England
  • Have lived in the UK/EU/EEA for at least 3 years*
  • Not completed any part of the course before


*EEA nationals will need to have obtained either pre settlement or settled status and provide evidence of this.

course content

Your free course is split into manageable units

Exploring mental health

This unit will introduce you to different types of mental ill health.

You will understand factors which may contribute to mental ill health and actions that can be taken.


How to support individuals and protect your own mental health

The aim of this unit is to understand how to support individuals with mental ill health.

You will understand their responsibilities and how to protect your own mental health.

Mentally healthy environments

In the final unit you will learn about relevant legislation.

You will explore mentally healthy environments and wellness action plans.

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Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid

Section 1: Exploring mental health

Did you know?

One in four people worldwide will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

Factors that increase the risk of mental health

There are a number of risk factors that can increase the risk of an individual experiencing mental ill health.

Factors may be temporary, causing short-term mental ill health or distress, or long-term, leading to more serious mental disorders.

The risk factors may arise from inside the learning or work environment or from outside this environment in the individual’s home and social life.

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Is the Mental Health First Aid course free?

If you meet the eligibility criteria then YES!

We connect you with learning providers that use government funding, in the form of the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Adult Educational Budget (AEB).

Is Mental Health First Aid a qualification?

Mental Health First Aid is a level 2 qualification.

The qualification is accredited by NCFE CACHE and regulated by Ofqual.

Is the qualification recognised by employers?

All of our courses are accredited by UK government-recognised awarding bodies. These include NCFE CACHE and TQUK, with whom we work closely to ensure our existing courses, and all new ones, meet approved standards of excellence and are certified as such. NCFE CACHE and TQUK are national awarding organisations that design, develops and certifies nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

All qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and are the perfect way to boost any CV.

How many free online courses can I take?

You can only take one course at a time but you can take up to 7 in one academic year.

Do I need to sit an Exam?

No, there are no exams, all courses require you to complete assessment questions based on the knowledge you have just gained from the units.

If you have any queries, you can speak with a Course Adviser on 0800 001 5910 (9am – 5pm | Mon – Fri) or use  Live Chat to enrol online (8am – 8pm | Mon – Fri)

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