Do you know what to do when someone is experiencing poor mental health?  

SMHFA provides general information about mental health problems, helping you learn how to recognise when someone is in mental health distress, how best to offer that initial response, and help them until other suitable or professional help can be found.

The knowledge presented and understanding developed in the course helps to remove stigma and fear, and to give you confidence in approaching a person in distress.  It is based on the general first aid training approach and was developed in Australia.

Our trainers are experienced both in delivering training as well as mental health services. SMHFA is monitored by Public Health Scotland.

Who this course is aimed at:

This is an ideal course if you come into regular contact with members of the public, especially in a non-healthcare role.  If you are a frontline member of staff, a Health and Safety officer/First Aider in a workplace, or supporting volunteers, then this is a good course for you. 

Aims of the training: 

  • 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

By purchasing our training you are supporting our free-to-access mental health and wellbeing support, helping us reach more people.

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