Mental Health First Aid Training

With the recent observation of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we would like to announce an amazing new project. Crew will be offering FREE mental health first aid training to people who take or who have taken drugs.

Mental health matters! We all have mental health and 1 in 4 people will be affected by the symptoms of mental illness this year. Dealing with challenges to our mental health can be tough and it can be really important to have support, information and access to treatment. The first steps towards any of these things can sometimes feel far off in the distance – how to we start the conversation?

Whether you want to know how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental illness in people around you and first aid responses; or you want to learn more about mental health and places to access support the Scottish Mental Health First Aid course could be for you.

Scottish Mental Health First Aid is a course developed by NHS Scotland which covers:

  • Attitudes and stigma
  • Listening Skills
  • Signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression, self harm and the risk of suicide
  • Responses to mental illness
  • Recovery
  • Signposting

The course is 12 hours long and we will be delivering it in small two hour blocks across six weeks. If you complete the whole course you will get a certificate at the end of the course which can be useful for any jobs or voluntary roles.

The course will be offered for free to people who take or who have taken drugs who are over the age of 18. You don’t have to have stopped taking drugs to take part on the course but we do need to know that you can take part in the training in a way that feels manageable and safe for you to do so.

Places on the course are limited and to begin with we will offer one course in Edinburgh and one course in Dundee. If you would like to take part in the course then please send an email to or give us a call in our Edinburgh office for more information.

Find out more about Scottish Mental Health First Aid online here.