Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course

I have now completed the Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Course. The course takes 12 hours and is often run on two separate days, although sometimes it will be in shorter sessions over two, four or six weeks. It is an interesting course that includes different activities, films, discussions and even some fun and… Read More


Attending the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

Day one of my Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. MHFA is a training programme that teaches members of the public how to help a person: Developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem); Experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem; or In a mental health crisis.

Why Men Who Know How To Save Lives Are More Attractive?

We see them all the time in movies and TV-shows, heroes always seem to have this kind of appeal, even if they are not necessarily physically attractive, there is still that kind of thing about them, this irresistible appeal that naturally seeps into our brains once we witness them saving an animal or a victimised… Read More

CPR: Do You Use Your Hands or Feet?

Introduction Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the most important life-saving techniques in an emergency, especially when there is no portable defibrillator around. Emergencies can include drowning accidents or a heart attack where someone has stopped breathing. Bob Trenkamp, a teacher of CPR and the President of the cardiac arrest and stroke charity Saving Lives,… Read More

New Sub-section: First Aid at Work: Guidance for Fitness Professionals

A new sub-section ‘First Aid at Work: Guidance for Fitness Professionals’ is now available under the main page heading of ‘Regulations and Qualifications’. This new sub-section provides an overview of: The 2009 and 2013 legislation changes; Current qualifications and the difference between them; Update and refresher training; Group exercise versus one-to-one personal training; and Assessment needs… Read More

Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests: The Role of CPR & AEDs

Current UK survival rates among people who have a cardiac arrest outside hospital remain extremely poor, varying from 2% to 12% (Perkins & Cooke, 2012). Every year an estimated 60 000 out of hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK, 30 000 of which are treated by emergency medical services (Pell et al., 2003; Berdowski et al., 2010).… Read More

First Aid: Compression Quality Counts

It is compression quality that counts when it comes to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A systematic review and meta-analysis conlcudes that deeper chest compressions and rapid rates of compression are associated with significantly improved survival from cardiac arrest. Survivors were significantly more likley to have received chest compression rates closer to 85-100 compressions per minute than non-survivors.… Read More