Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Couse: Young People

The course is like any other type of first aid and is the help given to a young person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.

This is a blended learning course with a half day online before and after the course which runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The course is certificated and participants receive the SMHFA: Young People manual.

To check dates and to book, please see Eventbrite.

Who should come on the course:

The course is like any other type of first aid and is the help given to a young person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.

The course will benefit anyone with a professional or personal interest in the mental health and wellbeing of young people.  

Aims of the course:

The SMHFA: Young People course does not set out to teach people to be therapists but it will train people to be able to:

· ask about suicide

· recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress

· provide initial help

· guide a person towards appropriate professional help.


The course aims to:

· preserve life

· provide practical help

· promote the recovery of good mental health

· provide comfort to a young person experiencing distress

· promote understanding of mental health issues.

The objectives of the course

By the end of the training participants will have considered: 

· Attitudes-to understand the role that stigma and discrimination play in mental health

· Recovery-to realise that recovery is possible

· Alcohol and Drugs-how they affect our mental health

· Suicide-how to ask about it

· Listening Skills-in a non - judgemental way

· Self-harm-understanding self harming behaviours

· Depression-what is depression

· Anxiety-understanding various anxiety disorders

· Psychosis-the impact of psychosis.

 We recognise that continuing professional development is fundamental to delivering excellent services and achieving better outcomes.

Our trainers

Alan Burnett is the Learning & Development Assistant at Health in Mind. He is also a qualified SMHFA: Young People Instructor. Alan has had lived experience of mental health issues for over 30 years.

Emily Justice is a qualified SMHFA instructor and Russian translator.

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Need help now?

If you or someone you care for is facing a crisis and in distress, please contact NHS 24 on 111 or your GP directly.

Click here for further information and contact details.

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Training Calendar

Upcoming Training

September 2017


Personal Safety 

Tuesday 5 September-half day                        

Mental Health Awareness

Thursday 7 September - half day

Working with Media

Monday 11 September - Full day



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