The 10th October 2016 is World Mental Health Day.
This year’s theme is Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA teaches people who are not mental health professionals how to provide effective support to people who are very distressed following a crisis event. Anyone can be trained to provide PFA and follow the four key principles of Prepare, Look, Listen and Link. You can find out more about PFA on the World Health Organisation’s website.
If you want to feel better equipped to support people in a crisis or experiencing a mental health problem you can get training with Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid. (SMHFA). This is a certified two day course that teaches you how to listen and respond to someone in distress and help them get professional help. It also teaches you about some of the most common mental health problems.
The FDAMH Training Academy is an SMHFA provider – you can find out more on the Training Academy pages.
Professional crisis support is available at FDAMH through our Immediate Help Service. This is a no appointment service (you shouldn’t wait for more than 20 minutes) and is available Monday to Thursday (10am to 4pm) and on Fridays (10am to 3pm) for anyone 16 and over living in the Falkirk District.
Crisis may be the starting point in someone’s journey with FDAMH, but we’re marking World Mental Health Day and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) by celebrating Recovery and the great health benefits of singing! Our ‘Raise Your Voice for Wellbeing’ event takes place at Forth Valley Royal Hospital at 7pm on Wednesday 5th October (in the Foyer). Please do come along and enjoy our award-winning choir supported by friends joining us from choirs around Forth Valley.