Learn more about Mental Health First Aid

Perth & Kinross Council will be offering a 2 day Scotland's Mental Health First Aid training interactive course in Perth and Aberfeldy during December 2017.

The aim is to give an understanding of suicide, self-harm and mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks and psychosis. The course will also focus on being able to recognise if someone is experiencing a mental health problem.

Sometimes people are not sure what mental health is and feel a bit afraid of it. Scotland's Mental Health First Aid is one of the ways that helps you to develop an understanding, make a difference to your own and other people's mental health.

Mental Health First Aid can provide an initial response to distress and can give participants on the course the skills to provide help until other suitable or professional help can be found.

This 2-day course is for anyone who would like to feel confident about helping people experiencing a mental health crisis. The SMHFA course takes 12 hours to complete. The course is delivered by a qualified SMHFA instructor and quality is continuously monitored by NHS Health Scotland.

The course content will include guidance on being a Mental Health First Aider, attitudes to mental health issues, listening skills, understanding anxiety and depression, introduction to suicide intervention, understanding psychosis and learning about the impact of alcohol and drugs on mental health, as well as other important information and skills. Mental Health First Aid has proved successful with members of the general public and different professional groups, including teachers, health workers, front line public sector and voluntary sector workers. The courses are open to anyone and are free of charge.

The training events will be held on 4th and 11th December at North Inch Community Campus, Perth, or 13th and 14th December at Breadalbane Community Campus in Aberfeldy.

To book your place please state your preferred date and send your contact details to smhfa.tayside@nhs.net or phone 01382 424086. Further information and details of courses can be found on the Scotland's Mental Health Website, www.smhfa.com.