Course description

You will learn fundamental mental health theory and skills needed to recognise difficulties and provide first aid. Whilst you will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions, you will gain the knowledge to recognise a range of conditions, learn how to provide initial support, and understand when and how to seek professional help. You will explore coping strategies and how to develop self-care for wellbeing.

Please note:
The course is not intended to provide individual support for mental illnesses, but rather to develop knowledge and understanding to help you recognise and respond to difficulties and provide initial support. The training room is not an appropriate therapeutic environment for sharing personal trauma. If you need support with your own mental health, or those close to you, please contact your local mental health services or GP. You can find helpful information on the NHS website at If someone is at immediate risk of harm, call 999.

If you are a student at the college and require support, please contact
It is important that if you have any learning support needs, including any mental health issues which may be triggered by the content of the course, that you declare these and have a learning support assessment, so we can ensure appropriate support is available before enrolment.

What can this course lead to?

This course is beneficial for those who have been out of education or work for a while and are looking to gain new knowledge and skills. You could progress on to further short courses such as Exploring Mental Health Issues and progress to gaining a qualification such as the Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness. Our Student Support Services team will work with you to design a personalised learning journey based on your needs and aspirations.

Want to learn more?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Open Events.


Northern College, Yorkshire

Course session dates

Session dates for 21 May 2022 - 22 May 2022

  • Saturday 21 May 2022 to Sunday 22 May 2022

Course fees and funding support

You may be eligible to study for free if you are unemployed, on certain benefits, or earn £17,374.50 a year or less. We can confirm when you apply or contact our Student Support Services team to learn more.

Course Fee £50.00