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SMHFA (Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid)

Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress that provides support to people in crisis.

The course does not train people to be mental health workers. It offers basic general information about mental health problems and helps to remove stigma and fear to give confidence in approaching a person in distress and when appropriate, signpost them on to other suitable professional help.

The course aims to equip individuals to:

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

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 can be presented in the following formats:

  • 2 full days
  • 4 half days

Cost of this course in total is: £120 per person

As a result of Covid-19 this course will be delivered as soon as social restrictions are lifted. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this course please contact us on info@smilecounselling.org.uk