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Scottish Mental Health First Aid

Langside Campus
Start Date & time
19 Aug 2024 @ 9am - 4pm
Qualification Type
Other non-advanced qual
Course Type
2 days (Monday & Tuesday)


This Scottish Mental Health First Aid course is designed to develop your mental health awareness and teach you a set of skills to allow you to offer appropriate support to someone experiencing a mental health condition.

What will I learn?

Five good reasons to attend SMHFA:

  • 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
  • You will learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them
  • You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills
  • You will learn what protects your own and other people’s mental health
  • 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:

  • Listen calmly to their feelings and fears
  • Give some simple information
  • Tell them where to get appropriate help.

You will learn?

  • How to apply the 5 steps of SMHFA
  • How to respond if you believe someone is at risk of suicide
  • How to give immediate help until professional help is available
  • What to say and do in a crisis
  • The importance of good listening skills
  • Practice listening and responding
  • Understanding recovery from mental health problems
  • Understanding the connection between mental health problems and alcohol and drugs
  • Understanding the connection between mental health problems and discrimination
  • Some basic information about common mental health problems
  • Self-help information.

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 course 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:

  • To preserve life
  • To provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis from developing into a more serious state
  • To promote the recovery of good mental health
  • To provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • To promote understanding of mental health issues.

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

More questions? Contact us about this course