Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Training

This course is designed for everyone. It is interesting and varied and most participants tell us that they enjoyed it very much.

Five good reasons to attend SMHFA:

  1. Most people don’t know what to do in a mental health crisis. Take the course and you will be one of the few who knows what to do and is confident about putting that knowledge into action.
  2. You will learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them.
  3. You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  4. You will learn what protects your own and other people’s mental health.
  5. You will learn new skills that are useful in every part of your life

Mental Health problems are not as frightening as most people think.
When a person has a mental health problem what they need most is someone who can:

It doesn’t sound too difficult does it?
This course is for everyone and participants use the skills they learn in all settings.



What will I learn on the course?

What happens on a SMHFA course

The course takes 12 hours and is often run on two separate days. Sometimes it will be in shorter sessions over two, four or six weeks.
It is an interesting course that includes different activities, films, discussions and even some fun and laughter.
You will get a certificate of attendance and a colourful and interesting manual to take away with you at the end so that you can remind yourself of what you’ve learned.

The aims of SMHFA are:

The course will give you the knowledge to apply these aims in a real life situation.

The SMHFA programme

The SMHFA course takes 12 hours to complete. It can be presented in a range of formats to suit different groups. The course must be presented by a qualified SMHFA instructor and quality is continuously monitored by NHS Health Scotland.

The course can be presented in the following formats:

The following is a brief outline of what is covered on the course:

The course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers basic general information about mental health problems. The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear and to give confidence in approaching a person in distress.

Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress and all participants on the course understand that this help is given only until other suitable or professional help can be found


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