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Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) courses and Suicide Prevention workshops

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) delivery in Forth Valley has restarted.

SMHFA is aimed at anyone who wants to help someone with mental health problems whether in a professional or personal capacity.      
Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained.   

Aims of the course   
  • To preserve life   
  • To provide initial help   
  • To prevent the problem getting worse  
  • To promote recovery of good mental health  
  • To provide comfort   

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid does NOT teach people to be therapists.

Participants will learn  
  • How to ask about suicide  
  • How to recognise the signs of mental health problems  
  • How to provide initial help  
  • How to guide a person to appropriate help.  

Our courses are delivered free of charge and are open to people living or working in Forth Valley.

SMHFA is delivered over 2 days (12 hours of learning).

SMHFA course online registration links

Follow the online links to register your interest: 

We are working to confirm future dates and venues and hope to be able to share these soon. 

For general SMHFA enquiries, please contact Fiona Macfarlane, Senior Health Promotion Officer, e:

Suicide Prevention Workshops

Delivery of the online informed level Ask Tell Mental Health Improvement and Suicide Prevention workshops are also scheduled to the end of the year.

This series of 3 x 1 hr workshops are for ideally suited to people who have no previous training in mental health and suicide prevention. 

The workshops explore how to promote good mental health, give practical advice about how to approach and have compassionate conversations with people experiencing mental distress or feeling suicidal, and when to provide immediate help and support. 

Course dates and booking enquiries
  • Wednesdays - 31st August, 7th September and 14th September
    • 11am-12noon
  • Mondays - 31st October, 7th November and 14th November
    • 3-4pm
  • Thursdays - 24th November, 1st December and 8th December
    • 10-11am

For booking enquiries for Ask Tell please follow the online link given.

Fiona Macfarlane | Senior Health Promotion Officer | NHS Forth Valley 
m. 07788611100