Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)

Course description:

The Certificate in Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace Course will explore the different types of mental health and the factors that contribute to mental ill health.  You will also explore the signs and indicators of mental health and how you can support individuals with mental health issues and those facing mental health crises.  You will find out when it is appropriate to refer an individual to other in relation to mental health issues.  You will also learn about the perceptions of and attitudes to mental health and how mental health impacts on those around the individual.  You will look at how to promote a mentally healthy environment and consider ways to support your own mental health.

Entry requirements:

You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and self-motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials. It is self-directed but tutors are always available when needed.

This is a knowledge-only qualification. Work/industry placement experience is not required.

Learners must be at least 19 years of age at the start of the academic year.

How is the course delivered?

Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. The course is available online only.  As it is a part time distance learning course it is specifically designed to fit around the everyday busyness of people’s lives.

Course content:

  • Exploring mental health
  • Understand how to support individuals with mental ill health
  • Understand a mentally healthy environment


This course has THREE short assessments to complete.  It is made up of the above three units.  You will be given 14 days in which to complete each section.  Within the learning materials there are Extension Activities and Knowledge Activities – these are simply to encourage you to be thinking of examples and experiences etc; these are not assessed but can be used, where appropriate, in your answers.

This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.

Course Number: N3UAC