First Aid - Mental Health Awareness
First Aid for Mental Health
First Aid for Mental Health
First Aid for Mental Health (Supervising)
Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Young People or Vulnerable Adults
Scottish Mental Health : For Adults
Scottish Mental Health: For Young People
What is mental health?
Mental Health problems are not as frightening as most people think.
When a person has a mental health problem what they need most is someone who can:
- Listen calmly to their feelings and fears
- Provide simple information
- Tell them where to seek/find appropriate help
It doesn’t sound too difficult – does it?
This course is for everyone and participants will be amazed at the empathetic skills they will learn.
Most people don’t know what to do in a mental health crisis. Take the course and you will be one of the few, people who are confident about putting knowledge learnt on our course into action.
You will learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them.
You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
You will learn what protects your own, and other people’s mental health.
You will learn new skills that are useful in every part of your life.
What will I 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/drugs
- Understanding the connection between mental health problems and discrimination
- Some basic information about common mental health problems
- Self help information
The course takes 12 hours, and is often run over two separate days. Sometimes, it will be in shorter sessions over two, four, or six weeks.
It’s an interesting course that includes different activities, films, discussions, and even some fun and laughter. You will gain a Certificate of Attendance, and a colourful and interesting manual to take away with you at the end of the course, so that you can remind yourself of what you have learnt.
To preserve life
To provide help to prevent the mental health problem or crisis developing into a more serious state
To promote the recovery of good mental health
To provide comfort to a person experiencing distress
To promote understanding of mental health issues
Mental health is……’the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and survive pain, disappointment and sadness. It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others, dignity and worth’. (Health Education Authority 1997).
Sometimes people are not sure what mental health is and feel a bit afraid of it. Think about physical health – that doesn’t have the same negative impact does it? Our physical health can be good or poor, and it can vary from day to day. When our physical health is good, we can enjoy life to the full.
At other times, we can be unwell, and this can last for weeks or months. Or we might be unsell just for a couple of days, then we are back to normal. Sometimes our physical health is poor because we haven’t taken good care of ourselves or because we were born with a tendency to certain illnesses. When we are unwell, we are likely to have less energy and motivation and find taking part in work or play more difficult.
All of these things are true of mental health. The main difference between physical and mental health is that our emotions, our ability to work and our relationships are the main things to be influenced by our mental health.
When our mental health is positive we can cope with ups and downs. Our mood is stable and we feel optimistic. When we are mentally unwell we may experience mental or emotional pain. Our mood may be low and we might lose confidence in our ability to cope with life’s challenges. Sometimes we can have long term mental health problems, just as we can longer lasting physical illnesses….and we can recover in much the same way.
Of course the other big difference is that you can’t get a mental health problem from someone else – it isn’t catching like the flu. Physical and mental health have an effect on each other. If your physical health is poor your mental health is likely to be low. If your mental health is poor you are more likely to get physically ill.
The good news is that you can make a difference to your own mental health. Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is one of the ways that helps you make a difference to your own and other people’s mental health.