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Mental health first aid

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Mental Health First Aid

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This two day training course is aimed to improve and promote good mental health within the workplace and at home.  It is designed to teach individuals how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and provide help on a first aid basis.

The course is delivered by a qualified SMHFA instructor and quality is monitored by NHS Health Scotland.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Like any other type of first aid, it is the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained.

The Aims of Mental Health First Aid are to: -
  • Preserve life
  • Provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state
  • Promote the recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
  • Promote an understanding of mental health issues.

What will you learn on the course
  • How to apply the 5 steps of SMHFA
  • How to respond if you believe someone is at risk of suicide.
  • How to give immediate help until professional help is available.
  • What to say and do in a crisis
  • The importance of good listening skills
  • Practice listening and responding
  • Understanding recovery from mental health problems
  • Understanding the connection between mental health problems and alcohol and drugs
  • Understanding the connection between mental health problems and discrimination
  • Some basic information about common mental health problems
  • Self help information

This course does not teach people to be therapists.  It does however train people in how to ask about suicide, how to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person towards appropriate professional help.

To register interest or for a quote to be delivered in-house on your premises, complete form above or phone 0141 354 1431.

We can offer a proactive approach to absence management with a case management service. The service is for managers, HR, small and medium business owners, who are concerned about the health of one of their employees. Referrals to Occupational Health Advisers and Physicians.
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