Thu. 12th – Fri. 13th April 2018

0930 - 1630 hrs

Cost: £120 inc. VAT


Location: ML6.SPACE - Airdrie



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.


The following is a brief outline of what is covered on the course:


  • 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 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 and all participants on the course understand that this help is given only until other suitable or professional help can be found.


Does SMHFA work?


Mental health first aid has been rigorously evaluated in Scotland. Participants reported a range of benefits to their own and others mental health.

People have given us many examples of the benefits of SMHFA.


Here are just a few:


  • A person who was considering suicide was helped and given time to reconsider. Afterwards they knew that they didn’t really want to die.
  • Someone with severe depression was helped to think about recovery and to find ways to help herself.
  • Participants on the courses have reported that their own mental health has improved after the course
  • After the training people say that they feel more confident about approaching a person who appears distressed.


We know that:


  • When we offer to help kindly and without judging or talking down to a person they often feel relieved and comforted.
  • When we listen without judging and without immediately trying to fix problems a person will often talk through the crisis and feel calmer and more able to get appropriate help.
  • When we understand the nature of mental health problems they are not so frightening.


You too can learn how to:


  • help in a crisis such as a panic attack or suicidal thoughts and feelings
  • ask questions that will help the person
  • listen without judgment and give the person space to talk about how they feel
  • give relevant information about help that is available.





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