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Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People (now on March 22nd)

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Health In Mind

40 Shandwick Place



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Registration deadline: Mid March

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid: Young People (SMHFA:YP), developed by NHS Health Scotland, is an evidence-based course for adults supporting young people aged between 11 and 17 years old.

Mental health first aid was developed in Australia and is based on the concept of general first aid training. Mental health first aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before other help can be accessed.

Aims of the course

1) to provide participants with a better understanding of young people’s mental health;

2) to equip participants with mental health first aid skills:

- how to recognise the signs of mental health problems or distress

- how to ask a young person about mental distress

- how to provide initial comfort and support

- how to guide a young person towards professional help and other support

Who should attend?

This course is relevant for anyone who supports young people aged 11-17. This includes, for example, parents, teachers, school nurses, youth workers, mentors, sports coaches, and social workers.

Course format

The SMHFA:YP course is a 14-hour blended learning course consisting of three parts.

Part 1: online self-study module - 3 hours


  • The policy context in Scotland

  • Attitudes, inequalities, stigma and discrimination

  • Introduction to the most common mental health problems and crises experienced by young people: depression, anxiety, self-harm, alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, suicide

  • Recovery

  • Professional help

Participants will be provided with access to Part 1 from 2 weeks before face-to-face .

Part 2: face-to-face training - This will be held on date advertised.

The training day focuses on developing practical skills. Participants are introduced to the step-by-step approach to providing mental health first aid.

Part 3: online self-study module - 4 hours

Building on Parts 1 and 2, this module takes a more detailed look at mental health problems and crises in young people. The materials include interactive scenarios that enable participants to practise and further develop their mental health first aid skills.

After completing all three parts of the course, each participant receives a certificate confirming their ‘Scotland’s Mental Health First Aider for Young People’ status, and a copy of the SMHFA:YP Manual.


Emily Justice is an experienced SMHFA;yp trainer and a russian translator

Terms and conditions

This course is at Health in Mind's main offices, 40 Shandwick Place. Our venue is not fully accessible, if you need us to relocate, please contact us as soon as possible. The course includes teas, coffee and biscuits but does not include lunch as there are lots of lunch outlet choices just beside us.

Training booking on Eventbrite are best paid by credit or debit card using Visa, Mastercard or American express. In exceptional circumstances, credit facilities may be available. Please contact the organiser to discuss your request at training@health-in-mind.org.uk or 0131 225 8508.

If you need to cancel your booking and give more than two weeks’ notice of the registration date, we will refund your payment in full. If you cancel with less than two weeks’ notice, we will refund 50% of your fee.

We will register all participants at the beginning of March and be in touch at that point to give you the instructions to begin part 1. Please set aside approximately 3 hours to complete this before the day together.

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