Scottish Mental Health First Aid

challenging stigma helps my community to be #healthynhappy

Scottish Mental Health First Aid (SMFHA) courses aim to challenge the stigma around mental health issues and build skills to provide initial help to people in distress. 


The course looks at common mental health problems including:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Use of alcohol and substances

  • First aid steps – ALGEE

  • Challenging misperceptions of mental health issues


SMHFA is a 12-hour course, certificated by Health Scotland and delivered by trained instructors.


This is an excellent training course for those wishing to help people in their lives who may be struggling with their mental health.  Many people use the skills in their workplace or neighbourhoods. 


This is not a therapeutic course.  If you feel you need support with your own mental health please speak with your GP in the first instance.  This course is not intended to provide you with professional knowledge of mental health. 


This course is open to adults living in Cambuslang and Rutherglen.  Those living outwith the local area can access the course for a fee.  


“My daughter is not well – depression – I get worried about her a lot.  But I feel more confident now that I have learned mental health first aid, so I know how I can help her when she gets really low.”

These training sessions are currently on hold. 


The programmes run regularly throughout the year.  To register for the latest programme, or for further information, contact the Transforming Lives team on: 

Phone: 0141 641 5236


For updates to our programme, please visit our events page here.


The course takes place at our community venue, Number 18, Farmeloan Road, Rutherglen G73 1DL.