Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) 

Dates: 6th – 8th March 2020 (Training days are Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Police Scotland College – Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Fife, FK10 4BE
Accommodation:  This will be provided on Friday and Saturday nights with breakfast and lunch on both days and an evening meal on Saturday only.

The training is open to team members and interested family members (although we will have to give priority to team members if numbers exceed spaces).

Course Information

2-day course delivered by approved SMHFA instructors.

Over the weekend, delegates will also be given the opportunity to learn about the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and the initiatives currently ongoing to support volunteer responders.

Who should attend this course

This course is for everyone and participants can use the skills they learn in all settings.  In the Mountain Rescue context this might apply to how we can support our casualties – particularly in missing person incidents; how we can support our fellow team members; how we can support others in our day-to-day lives; and provide an opportunity to raise our own awareness. 

The course will be delivered in a supported way, recognising that some of the topics discussed may be challenging.

The training is open to team members and interested family members (although we will have to give priority to team members if numbers exceed spaces).

If you wish to know more about this course then please email wellbeingofficer@scottishmountainrescue.org

About the course

The instructors and support team for this training have many years’ experience in Search and Rescue and Policing and understand the context of delivering this course to Mountain Rescue delegates.  This is the first SMHFA course to be delivered as part of the SMR National Training Programme. 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) was first developed in Australia by Betty Kitchener and her husband Professor Anthony Jorm.  Betty and Tony realised that there was no mental health equivalent of physical first aid. This germ of an idea led to an internationally recognised programme of simple steps that can be used to help a person in distress. Founded in 2001, the programme has spread from Australia to over 20 countries.

In 2003 Betty Kitchener brought the course over to Scotland, and currently there are over 300 SMHFA instructors in Scotland and more than 40,000 people have attended the training.

Five good reasons to attend:

  1. Many people are unsure of what to do in a mental health crisis. Take the course and you will be one of the growing number who knows what to do and is confident about putting that knowledge into action.
  2. You will learn how to recognise when a person might need help and the best way to approach them.
  3. You could save a life by learning basic suicide intervention skills.
  4. You will learn what protects your own and other people’s mental health.
  5. You will learn new skills that are useful in every part of your life

When a person has a mental health problem what they need most is someone who can:

  • listen calmly to their feelings and fears
  • give some clear information
  • tell them where to get appropriate help

More details about Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid can be found here or please contact wellbeingofficer@scottishmountainrescue.org

Over the weekend, delegates will also be given the opportunity to learn about the UKSAR Wellbeing Framework and the initiatives currently ongoing to support volunteer responders.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003