Projects Mental Health First Aid Training

Current studies show that one in four adults will experience mental health problems in their life and the majority of people do not know how to respond to someone suffering with poor mental health. The world of football is no different.

With suicide being the biggest killer of men under forty, it is vital that a male dominated professional sport like football, does all it can to address the issue.

In partnership with NHS Scotland and Positive Mental Health Scotland, The Scottish Professional Football League Trust (SPFL Trust) created a bespoke Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA) course which focuses on true case studies and experiences commonly found in a football environment. This two day course is delivered by a qualified professional with extensive experience working in both the football and mental health area.

The aim of the training is to:

  • Equip staff with the skills to provide initial support
  • Prevent the problem from getting worse
  • Provide tools for giving comfort

In fulfilling these aims, participants of the training are able to meet the following objectives:

  • Talking about suicide
  • Recognising the signs of mental health problems
  • Providing initial help and how to guide a person to appropriate help

The courses are free and open to all staff working within football.

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