Date lodged: 30 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what role the Mental Health First Aid Training Programme is playing in its aim to deliver improved mental health, and what analysis it has carried out of the programme's effectiveness.
Answered by: Maureen Watt 12 December 2016
The Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training Programme is part of a suite of evidenced informed resources that supports awareness of mental health and wellbeing and focuses on prevention and early intervention. Between 2005 and 2016, the 12 hour course has been delivered to 23,506 individuals with 589 individuals being trained as trainers (this figure covers all trainers - currently only 402 are active).
NHS Health Scotland is currently undertaking a review of the effectiveness of the Scottish Mental Health First Aid Training Programme training resource. Interviews have been held by those providing the courses as well as with course participants. This review will be completed in early 2017 and will make recommendations to Scottish Government on the way forward.