Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (Young People) Course

I have just completed my Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Young People (SMHFA:YP) course.

Launched in 2013, SMHFA:YP was developed to meet the increasing demand for a similar type approach for adults who support or care for young people aged between 11 and 17.

SMHFA:YP is a three-part, 14-hour blended course which is designed to support all adults to recognise mental health problems and provide guidance and immediate assistance to a young person in crisis.

  • Part 01:
    • Self-study module, approximately 3 hours.
    • Online or workbook.
    • Understanding the context for mental health first aid for young people.
  • Part 02:
    • Face-to-face training, approximately 7 hours.
    • Classroom-based with scenarios and role-playing.
    • Developing the skills to apply mental health first aid with young people
  • Part 03:
    • Self-study module, approximately 4 hours.
    • Online or workbook.
    • Deepening understanding of mental health problems and young people.

The course does not train people to become counsellors, rather, it aims to to build the first aider’s competence and confidence in understanding how to:

  • Recognise the signs of mental distress in a young person;
  • Provide initial support; and
  • Guide a young person towards appropriate help.
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