Mental Health in The Workplace First Aider Certificate

Helping organisations effectively manage and reduce the impact of mental health problems, and support staff good wellbeing.

Mental Health in The Workplace First Aider Certificate

Helping organisations effectively manage and reduce the impact of mental health problems, and support staff good wellbeing.
Education form
12 months

Online training to help you provide effective mental health support for your organisation

Mental health issues are a major cause of long-term absence and can cause significant disruption for both employers and employees. Understand your rights and responsibilities as an employer in the face of mental health issues, and support your staff to keep a strong workforce.

This course serves as a holistic resource for any business professional who is responsible for or interested in addressing mental health issues in the workplace.

Video Lessons
Access 24/7
The course is will enable you to:
Understand your legal responsibilities
Spot concerns and take action to support employees
Overcome challenges to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing
Train staff successfully
Create a mentally healthy workplace

The Modules

Module 1:
The social and economic costs of mental health
Economic and social costs of mental health problems in England
What are mental health problems
Types of mental health problems
Module 2:
Legal responsibilities and mental health in the work place
Understanding your legal obligations as an employer
Claims and liabilities
Performance and capability issues related to mental health
Staff turnover
Mental health and the Equality 2010 Act
Discrimination at work
Your step-by-step guide
Module 3:
Reducing stigma around mental health
Identifying attitude problems towards mental health
Practical steps you can take to remove stigma
How a positive workplace can support employees with ill mental health
Module 4:
Talking to staff
Encouraging open and honest conversations
Managing staff who may feel uncomfortable to talk
Improving employee engagement
Module 5:
Creating a healthy work environment
Looking at workplace culture
Creating a comfortable workplace environment
Physical environment and workplace health & safety
Practicing wellbeing and resilience
Module 6:
Dealing with staff absence
Supporting staff during absence
Helping and encouraging staff to return to work
Approaching potential disciplinary or capability matters
When to consider occupational health practices
Having sensitive conversations around absence
Module 7:
Individual plan
Managing your own mental health
Avoiding assumptions Respecting confidentiality
Working with external support organisations
Flexible working options
Monitoring medical and non-medical indicators of mental health issues
Practical planning templates
Module 8:
Mental Health Action Plan
Gaining commitment
Methods of communication
Gathering information
Risk assessments
Creating objectives and action plan
Developing content

Course content

Learning modules

Online learning modules
Online learning modules

Training videos
Training videos

Self-assessment tests
Self-assessment tests

Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion


Yvonne Hardiman
Chartered MCPID, MA (Management)
Yvonne believes that people doing great things make great businesses. We all need to be clear about what is expected of us at work, what our employers will do in return and what how we will be supported if things don’t go quite to plan. Businesses need to know how to do all this within the framework of current regulations and legislation! This is where HR comes in. Yvonne has a wealth of experience of managing people and businesses. She began her people management career at BSI as Head of Delivery where she managed a publishing, printing and warehousing division of over 50 people. Eleven years later, she went on to join what was then one of the top 500 law firms in the country firstly as their HR Director. In recognition of her contributioin to the business, in 2009 she became one of the first non-lawyer partners in the UK. She continued to provide an HR service to the law firm and also worked very closely with employment solicitors to provide an HR consultancy service to their clients. Yvonne developed a passion for supporting HR and non-HR managers to manage people in their businesses. In 2012 she decided to set up her own HR consultancy. Yvonne has a unique insight into how businesses can become successful and how HR can help. This, coupled with a great knowledge of employment law is a winning combination. She helps anyone who has responsibility for any aspect of HR in small, medium and large businesses across many different sectors.
Samantha Garner
Consultant & Trainer
Samantha Garner is a well-established consultant and trainer in the world of SEN and Mental Health. Originally a music teacher, she has worked in the SEN arena for over 15 years and spent time in a large secondary school where she set up a specialist behaviour unit. After this time she qualified as a CBT therapist and child and adolescent counsellor. Sam has trained and consulted in the whole spectrum of educational establishments from PRUs to very prestigious private schools. She is a published author of several mental health support programmes and regularly writes for SEN magazines.
Tony McKernan
Healthcare Professional
Tony McKernan is an experienced Healthcare professional who has been working in the field of mental Health for 21 years. He completed his training in Belfast in 1987. After graduating with a B.A. (Hons) in Sports Science, he went into Healthcare Management, mental health for 7 years, he then moved to Surrey and into education progressing from head of year to head of school within 5 years. He then moved back to West Sussex to take up his former employment in mental health in 2004 where he is currently in post. In 2002 he was employed by C.Q.C. as an inspector, working part time but taking part in approximately 200 inspections mainly in Adult Social Care. He was also recruited as a Specialist Advisor by CQC and was involved in large comprehensive NHS Mental Health Trust inspections across the country and remains on their list of inspectors. He has also launched an End of Life bespoke advance planning tool (

Mental Health in The Workplace First Aider Certificate

Mental Health in The Workplace First Aider Certificate
Equipping you with essential knowledge to build on your role
Flexible learning
Access to tools to help you make your job easier

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