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Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People (SMHFA:YP)

Aberdeen City Council - Education and Children's Services

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Learning Contract

Aberdeen City Council – Education and Children’s Services

Event Title

Scottish Mental Health First Aid: Young People (SMHFA:YP)

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Date of event

Friday 17th November 2017 


Wednesday 14th February 2018

Time of event



Frederick Street

Target Personnel

PSAs and Teachers who support children and young people aged 11-17 - Priority must be given to Aberdeen City Council staff

Maximum no of participants


Minimum no of participants


Course Content/Objectives

CPD: 14-hour CPD evidence-based blended learning course (includes pre- & post-course self-learning), which is undertaken online using the NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment together with the one day face to face programme. It is delivered by a SMHFA:YP instructor

The course is designed for adults who support young people between the ages of 11-17, to teach you to better understand mental health and how it affects young people. The course will provide delegates with a clear understanding and practical application of the Scottish Mental Health First Aid skills, giving participants’ confidence in approaching a young person in distress. The course aims to:

  • show how Mental Health First Aid can be applied in a crisis situation with young people
  • reduce stigma around mental health issues for young people
  • enable participants to provide initial support to young people in crisis
  • recognise and promote understanding of common mental health problems, including: depression and anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, suicide and substance misuse.

Mental Health First Aid is an initial response to distress and all participants on the course will understand that this help is given to support young people in crisis only until other suitable or professional help can be found.

The three parts to the course are:

Part 1:  self-study module online - 3 hours

Part 2:  one day face to face training - 7 hours

Part 3: self-study module online - 4 hours 

An email with instructions how to register and create your own Virtual Learning Environment will be sent to you by the trainer. This will enable you to start working on part 1 of the course which must be completed within a set timescale, usually 6 weeks before your attendance at part 2. Once you have completed part 1 and the assessment you can then attend part 2 which is the practical skills training day. Part 3 online should then be completed within 4 weeks of part 2. Please ensure that the email address you have on your application is accurate otherwise this could delay your enrolment. A CPD certificate will only be issued if all 3 parts of the course have been completed.


Outcomes sought

Participants will gain an increased knowledge and awareness of mental health issues, as well as improved confidence in:

  • Being able to detect problems early
  • Helping to reduce stigma around mental health issues
  • Helping young people to recognise problems
  • Providing guidance and immediate assistance to a young person is crisis.

How does it link to the standards

Health and Well-being

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Frederick Street Centre
Frederick Street
AB24 5HY Aberdeen
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