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Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

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***Please note that due to Covid-19 this course cannot be delivered until we have clearance from NHS Health Scotland.  The situation will be reviewed on June 30th 2020***


Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid course (SMHFA) takes 12 hours to complete. It can be presented in a range of formats to suit different groups. The course is presented by two qualified SMHFA instructors and accredited by SMHFA Scotland, quality is continuously monitored by NHS Health Scotland.

Our training can be flexible to meet your needs, we can offer:

  • Two full days
  • Four half days
  • Six two hour sessions

Training includes:

  • Guidance on the role of a Mental Health First Aider
  • Attitudes to mental health issues
  • Equalities and discrimination
  • 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 and helping 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.


This course can be run with you at your venue and we intend to offer an open course in central Edinburgh.  Contact us for further information.