Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is an Open Course that organisational employees, volunteers and individuals can enrol on. We also run them in-house.

Invest in yourself – £115 for a full, two-day course

Open Course Costs

  • Individuals and Public/Private Companies pay £115 per person for both days.
  • Voluntary/Charitable organisations pay £100 per person for both days.
  • Our Student Rate is £85 per student for both days.
  • We have one concession place available per open course at a cost of £60 for both days.


  • Please make sure that you have read our booking and payment Terms and Conditions (pdf download).
  • Our SMHFA Leaflet gives you an outline of the course and the topics covered.

In-House Courses

Course can also be arranged in-house at clients premises or at an agreed venue for 8 to a maximum of 15 participants.

What’s included on the course?

  • You’ll receive an NHS Health Scotland ‘Mental Health First Aid’ manual
  • An NHS “Steps for Stress” Booklet and CD
  • An NHS Certified Certificate qualifying you as a Mental Health First Aider
  • You have to have attended both full days in order to receive your certificate
  • Refreshments and biscuits are provided throughout the day and you can bring your own lunch or source something locally near the venue.

Become a force for change

Poor mental health is extremely prevalent in today’s society. It is something that is being talked about more and more, as people understand that the stigma attached to mental health issues is not fair and only worsens the situation.

This course is about looking at ways to help others (and yourself) in the event of a mental health crisis; whether it is depression, anxiety or panic attacks, or suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Much is made, and rightly so, of our need to be able to monitor and look after our own mental health. Many of the courses we offer are a way to improve and grow as a person and understand the mental health issues that may be holding you back from achieving everything you deserve in life.
But it is also important to understand how to help others who may be going through periods of poor mental health. The importance of general first aid is well noted. This course demonstrates that mental health first aid is just as important as general first aid in helping those around you.
If you haven’t experienced mental health problems before it may seem a daunting prospect to help someone who is going through a mental health crisis. This course is designed to give you the tools to understand how to help someone in this situation by exploring the effects on the person going through it. From previous attendees on the course we have heard that the advice given can help in a situation when someone may need your help; a suicidal person was helped to evaluate life and reconsider their choices, someone with severe depression was helped to find the path to recovery, people have noted that they are much more willing to help someone who appears distressed, but also to ask people who may be a little bit ‘out of sorts’.  Starting that conversation can be very powerful…..

In addition to learning the skills to help others, many of our attendees have found their own mental health has improved and they have the necessary skills to monitor themselves and reach out for help when needed.

On the course you will learn:
  • How to help in a mental health crisis
  • How to ask the right questions to help the person
  • How to listen without judgement and prejudice
  • What issues contribute to problems in mental health
  • How to find and provide relevant information on the mental health support and services available in Scotland
Scotlands Mental Health First Aid Course