Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) 2-day course helps delegates to become more informed about how to respond to a mental health crisis and covers the most common mental health problems. Participants develop skills in asking appropriate questions; listening without judgement; giving reassurance that recovery is possible; and providing information about where help can be found.
The SMHFA course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers an overview of mental ill-health in the workplace and helps to remove stigma and fear. Delegates practise listening and responding skills which give them confidence to provide initial support to a person in distress in a real-life situation.
Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress, in the same way as physical first aid is an initial response to an injury. The support provided by a First Aider is only given until other suitable or professional help can be accessed.
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.
- 2 full-days
- 4 half-days
- 6 x 2-hour sessions
The training will be delivered in a supportive environment and the Trainer will be sensitive to the issues raised throughout the training. The training will include group discussions, analysis of case studies, video clips and interactive exercises.