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SMHFA (Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid)

Scotland's Mental Health at Work Training Course

2 Days Course

A ‘Mental Health First Aider’ can offer comfort and support in a crisis until help arrives.  After attending delegates can help to promote greater understanding of mental health issues, and guide a person towards the appropriate professional help.

Introduction

The Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid 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 and giving guidance about where help can be found.

Course Outline

The course covers:

  • Guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider
  • Attitudes to mental health issues
  • Equalities
  • The recovery message
  • The impact of alcohol and drugs on mental health
  • Introduction to suicide intervention
  • Listening skills
  • Understanding depression
  • How to offer first aid to someone experiencing depression
  • Understanding anxiety
  • How to offer first aid to someone experiencing anxiety
  • Understanding psychosis
  • How to offer first aid to someone experiencing a psychotic episode

The SMHFA 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.  All participants on the course understand that this help is given only until other suitable or professional help can be found.

Course Format

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.

Possible formats:

  • 2 full days
  • 4 half days
  • 6 two-hour sessions

Reasons to attend SMHFA

  • Many people are unsure what to do in a mental health crisis.  This course helps delegates become confident to turn knowledge into action.
  • Learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them.
  • Have the skills to save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  • Lear what protects your own and other’s mental health.

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