Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is a 2 day, certificated course that equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognise people who may be having mental health difficulties and gives them the confidence to intervene.
I’ve been delivering this course for 5 years and I’m delighted to say that I will be joined this year by two brand new trainers – Nick Smiley, Senior Educational Psychologist and Wendy Jenkins from the Pupil Support Team @ Eastwood High.
Our dates for 2013 have just been finalised and will be appearing on the CPD site very soon.
- Mon 25 Feb & Mon 04 Mar
- Fri 03 May & Fri 10 May
- Thurs 31 Oct & Thurs 07 Nov
I think this course is interesting, relevant and a crucial addition to any practitioners toolkit for supporting fellow staff and students. Don’t just take my word for it, here are some testimonials. I interviewed a Pupil Support teacher and a Depute Head on the importance of MHFA for a presentation I did for Education Scotland last year. Thanks to Alison McGillivray and my daughter Wallis for voicing the audio.
I also received an email from a primary head, not long after she had completed the training.
May I just say that I found myself in a situation where I was able to support a parent who presented to me in a very vulnerable state. Due to the MHFA training I received, I was able to ask the difficult question (suicide) with confidence and refer to agencies to support from that point on. You never think that you will be in that position, it just shows you how valuable this training is for professionals.
If you are interested in finding out more about MHFA before signing up for the training, please get in touch with me.