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Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training

Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training Scottish Mental Health First Aid is based upon an Australian course which was first brought to Scotland in 2003 by Betty Kitchener. Since then over 40,000 have attended the training throughout Scotland and there are over 300 SMHFA instructors in Scotland. The current course was created in 2009. The training is run all year round and you can either join one of our planned training groups or request a course to be run dependent on confirmed number of participants. SMHFA is a 12-hour course and is presented in a variety of ways with the participants taken into consideration, for instance it can be 6, 2 hour sessions or two full day sessions.

During the course participants learn how to respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis and learn about the mental health problems that occur most frequently. There is also some skill development in areas such as active listening and appropriate questioning techniques. After the training all participants receive a certificate of attendance and a manual to use as a reference guide.

What is in 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 and drugs.
* Understanding the connection between mental health problems and discrimination.
* Some basic information about common mental health problems.
* Self-help information.

What benefits are there for being a SMHFA?

* Most people don’t know what to do in a mental health crisis. Take the course and you will be one of the few who knows what to do and is confident about putting that knowledge into action.
* You will learn how to recognize 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
* Know how to listen calmly to their feelings and fears
* Give some simple information
* Advise them on where to get appropriate help

Information taken from SMHFA website, found here.

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HaVeN Training Pathways

HaVeN training pathways is funded by the NHS Tayside community innovation fund and is a project which aims to support voice hearings through a variety of training opportunities designed to enhance their skills, confidence and mental wellbeing whilst also providing support to others. The training can also be undertaken by non-voice hearers who wish to continue building on or learn how to support others as well as those who are planning on or are currently studying/working in the care sector.

The project has been split into phases, at the moment the project is in ‘Phase One’ which has a focus of Personal Development and Recovery.

This theme provides voice hearers with valuable workshops that will be carried out within the Hearing Voices Network Dundee (See here for directions and contact details) premises on a rolling basis. These courses will focus on recognizing and building upon participants’ strengths. This will hopefully build the individuals confidence and lead being able to support others and commit to a lengthier supporting recovery training course. The theme of Recover support is also touched on helping those who hear voices to build upon their lived experiences and assist in empowering and mutually beneficially to develop their skills and allow the participant to offer peer support if this is something they wish to take part in. Topics in Phase One are expected to include:

* Knowing Myself

* Hidden Talents

* Personal Narratives

* Non-Violent communications

* Healthy Relationships

* Boundaries

* Recovery

* Finding Personal Meaning in Voices

Also as part of Phase One, we are planning to create Ambassadors of recovery who are to build awareness and social acceptance for voice hearers and work to reduce and eventually remove the stigma that surrounds voice hearing and those who experience it. HaVeN will connect with local organizations, universities and other public sector organizations in Dundee and offer awareness raising workshops that could include simulation voice hearing and sharing personal recover stories of voice hearers who have benefited from HaVeNs services as well as found acceptance and validation.


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Voice Hearing Awareness Training

The Hearing Voices Network (Dundee) is keen to raise awareness and encourage understanding of the voice hearing experiences, and the impact these can have on those who have experienced voices, visions, paranoia, delusional thinking and other symptoms of psychosis. We also want to continue to promote the message that it is possible to have a diagnosis of a mental illness and live a fulfilling life along with the symptoms.

The Training Team is made up of volunteers with lived experiences of mental illness, whom offer a unique and personal insight into the path of recovery. They intend to provide strategies for coping with the illness, as well as to inform of things that may help or hinder the process of recovery.

We do not intend to replace traditional teaching, textbooks or training methods. Instead, we seek to strengthen and build upon the understanding and awareness students and professionals may have gathered through the more traditional teaching methods.

The training can be tailored to fit the organisations needs and availabilities. The sessions last for approximately  2 hours, and cost £75 for groups of 12 or less people, and £100 for larger ones.

Organisations that have worked in partnership with the training team in the past include:

  • University of Dundee Medical School
  • University of Abertay Dundee Mental Health Nursing Richmond Fellowship
  • University of Aberdeen, Counselling Course Dundee City Counci, Mental Health Officers
  • Pillar Kincardine