Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid

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

Invest in yourself (and your organisation) – £160 for a full, two-day course

Open Course Costs

  • £160 per person for the two-day course (individuals and private / public companies)
  • 10% discount for students, charities, social enterprises and services supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • We have one concession place available per course for people on out-of-work benefits at a cost of £60 for both days.

On one of our public Open Courses – anyone can attend

To have a course run at your own or arranged premises

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 – attendance on both day is required to receive this.
  • Access to a large range of downloadable online resources and signposting information to enhance your new / refreshed skills and knowledge.
  • Refreshments and biscuits are provided throughout the day and you can bring your own lunch or source something locally near the venue. – An exception to this is where bookings are made on courses taking place at Apex City Hotel. There is the option of a free lunch at no extra cost.

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.

Our mental health first aid course is about looking at ways to help others (and yourself) in the event of anyone developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

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 mental health first aid 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 offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
  • 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