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Accredited Ofqual regulated national qualification in First Aid for Mental Health

All of our training courses are presented by fully trained and accredited mental health professionals: psychotherapists, psychologists, who are members of leading industry bodies - BACP, BPS, UKCP - ensuring that the content is presented in a safe and professional manner.

1. Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health in the Workplace
2. Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health in the Workplace
3. Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health
4. Level 2 Award in First Aid for Youth Mental Health
Level 3 Award in Supervising first aid for mental health in the workplace

This 2 day course builds upon the level 2 award and covers a wider range of mental health conditions. Greater depth of detail on mental health problems and discussion of therapy and professional support that a person may need. The course is suitable for all but aimed at HODs or those in a supervisory position and who have responsibility for implementing a positive mental health culture within an organisation.

Course Content

A range of subjects are covered, including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • A large range of Mental Health conditions covered in detail
Certification

Upon successful completion of the qualification assessment, Learners will be awarded the Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Supervising First Aid for Mental Health (RQF)/Award in Leading First Aid in Mental Health at SCQF Level 6. This qualification is valid for three years from the date of achievement.

Supporting Materials

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are certified
  • A logo to use on your signature
  • First Aid for Mental Health e-manual
  • Qualification certificate
Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health

The 1 day course is suitable for everyone. Learners gain comprehensive skills and knowledge on a range of mental health conditions. Learners who complete the course will be considered first aiders for mental health. They can be a point of contact within the workplace to support those who may have mental health issues.

Course Content

Our Level 2 Award in First Aid for Mental Health delivers a minimum of 6 hours of classroom based theory and practical instruction and is designed to instruct up to a maximum of 16 delegates. This training is delivered either face to face or online and takes place through a mix of guided learning and self study approx 50/50 split.

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • First Aid for Mental Health action plan
  • First Aid for Mental Health in the workplace
  • 1:1 assessment test to pass
Supporting Materials

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are certified
  • A logo to use on your signature
  • First Aid for Mental Health e-manual
  • Qualification certificate
Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health

The Level 1 Award in Awareness of First Aid for Mental Health is an entry-level Ofqual (RQF) certified course for mental health awareness. Our Awareness Course delivers approx 3 hours of guided learning for up to a maximum of 16 delegates. This half day course is aimed at providing delegates with the knowledge and skills to start a supportive conversation, reduce stigma and be able to signpost the person towards professional help.

Course Content

A range of First Aid for Mental Health related subjects are covered, including:

  • What is First Aid for Mental Health?
  • Identifying mental health conditions
  • Providing advice and starting a conversation
  • Stress and Anxiety
Certification

A Level 1 Award in Awareness for First Aid for Mental Health will be issued to the learner, subject to successful assessment. There is no expiry of the qualification, but annual refresher training is recommended.

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We work in partnership with you to deliver mental health services that are right for you. We provide an external source of support - an independent, personal service, that is not linked to the company or studio. Thus, individuals are less reticent to seek help if needed.​

The challenges of filming schedules, post Covid-19 anxiety and fear, post-traumatic stress, demanding work schedules, adapting to new working practices, social distancing will have a large impact on mental health:

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What makes us different is that all our counsellors, coaches, wellbeing practitioners and trainers have:
  • Professional registration with an industry body; e.g. the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), UKCP, HCPC, ICF, NCS
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"Solas Mind have been instrumental in keeping our crew feel safe and supported at work during the Covid 19 pandemic. From support on how to deal with and recognise signs of people struggling with mental health to being a great support for myself with the pressures of working as a Covid production manager. Every production should have a professional mental service like Solas Mind onboard to support crew."
Georgette Turner, Director, Production Safety Boat Rocker Studios
"The pressure on crew to present a strong front that you're OK and not show weakness or flaws is enormous. The pressures of being freelance are wide ranging and often invisible. There is no one who is looking out for individuals not coping so it's important that there is someone external that they can speak to without fear of being exposed. The industry may be open for business and full steam ahead, we are not back to normal. An independent counselling service like the wonderful Solas Mind available on every production and training beforehand would be invaluable to any crew who may be struggling to cope. Any avenue open to the freelancers in Film and TV which gives them professional help from qualified individuals and stops problems becoming something more serious should be embraced and welcomed by all productions and become standard practise"
Harriet Lawrence, Supervising Location Manager
"Solas Mind delivered mental health awareness training for our crew as part of a package of wellbeing support and it was so beneficial. Too many people are still caught up in the stigma of addressing their mental health.Having Solas Mind on call throughout production, offering a professional support service was invaluable. In the current climate we need this now more than ever
Emma Mallett, Production Manager
"Sarah has an understanding of the industry, she can absolutely understand the issues that trainees and freelancers face and their current potential anxieties.Sarah and her team at Solas Mind have been offering 1-2-1 counselling  to our HETV Trainee Finder trainees, First Break and Make a Move participants for those who have felt that they needed someone to speak to in the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions have been easy to book and feedback from those who have attended has been positive. Trainees have appreciated that ScreenSkills HETV has ensured that they have had access to this kind of support in this uncertain time and we have really welcomed working with Sarah to provide it"
Nicky Ball - ScreenSkills HETV Senior New Entrant Manager

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