Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid

Why take the course

Developed by MHFA Scotland, this two-day course qualifies candidates as mental health First Aiders. Candidates will get a deep understanding of what mental health is and what factors can affect wellbeing.

The course teaches practical skills to spot the signs of mental illness giving you the confidence to step in and support a person who needs assistance.


Five good reasons to attend

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. You will learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them.
  • 3. You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  • 4. You will learn what protects your own and other people’s mental health.
  • 5. 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


What will I learn on the course?

  • Guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider.
  • Attitudes to mental health issues.
  • How to apply the 5 steps of Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid.
  • 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 depression.
  • How to offer mental health First Aid to someone experiencing depression.
  • Understanding anxiety.
  • How to offer mental health First Aid to someone experiencing anxiety.
  • Understanding psychosis.
  • How to offer mental health First Aid to someone experiencing a psychotic episode.
  • 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.
  • Understanding recovery from mental health problems.

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.


Assessment

There is no formal assessment for this course but candidates must complete all sections of the course.


Certification

On completion of the course, candidates will receive a Mental Health First Aider certificate.