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Target Audience: Staff who have volunteered to train as an appointed departmental mental health first aider and have been approved to do so (see prerequisites below).
This two-day Scottish Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) standard course offers basic general information and teaches techniques to provide help to someone (staff or students) experiencing a mental health problem, before professional help is obtained. This course DOES NOT train you to become a mental health worker, it provides information to enable an initial response to distress until professional help is sought.
It is ideal for all staff, but particularly those who work with students, manage teams, and any front-line staff. Participants must be able to manage emergency situations.
The course is presented by a qualified SMHFA instructor and quality is continually monitored by NHS Scotland.
Attendance at both days' training is required.
During the course the role of the departmental mental health first aider will be covered along with:
- guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider
- attitudes to mental health issues
- the recovery message
- the impact of alcohol and drugs on mental health
- introduction to suicide intervention
- listening skills
- understanding a variety of conditions and how to offer first aid
Delivered By: Safety, Health and Wellbeing