Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

This 2 day course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day and runs monthly 

To check dates and to book, please see Eventbrite.

Target Audience: All who have a professional or personal interest in the field of mental health. 

Aims of SMHFA:

  • To preserve life
  • To provide practical help 
  • To promote the recovery of good mental health
  • To provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • To promote understanding of mental health issues


By the end of the training participants will have considered 

  • Attitudes
  • Recovery
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Suicide
  • Listening Skills
  • Self-harm
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis

All participants will be given a copy of the SMHFA manual and a certificate on completion of the course.

Trainer information:

Alan Burnett is the Training and Development Assistant at Health in Mind. He is also a qualified SMHFA Instructor.

Julia Flockhart is also a qualified SMHFA instructor. Her current role is that of Support and Development worker within Health in Mind.


Need help now?

If you or someone you care for is facing a crisis and in distress, please contact NHS 24 on 111 or your GP directly.

Click here for further information and contact details.

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Training Calendar

Upcoming Training

March 2017


Scottish Mental Health First Aid for Young People

Thursday 9 March                          

Cultural Awareness 2: Cultural differences with mental health

Thursday 16 March

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid

Two-day course Wednesdays 22 & 29 March



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