Mental health courses for hospitality launched

Applications for Hospitality Health and HIT Scotland training initiative close on 6th February

A RANGE of fully-funded mental health and wellbeing training courses for those working in Scotland’s hospitality industry has been launched.

Hospitality Health and HIT Scotland have joined forces to offer five courses designed to “provide managers with the tools to support employees, improve their mental wellbeing, and ensure they feel supported as the industry bounces back”.

The five courses are: Mental Health First Aid Train the Trainer – a four-day course training staff to deliver in-house training of mental health first aiders; Mental Health First Aid Certificate – two-day certificated training for staff to become Mental Health First Aiders; Mental Health First Aid Awareness – one-day certificated training for staff to have awareness in wellbeing and mental health issues; Resilience Training – a half-day training course in awareness of resilience techniques; and Changing Business Culture Training – a half-day training and information session for businesses to “demonstrate how the culture can change the wellbeing of employees for the better, thereby increasing retention and reducing recruitment”.

Applications for the courses, which are funded through the Tourism Recovery Fund and supported by Skills Development Scotland, are open now and close at midnight on 6th February.

Gordon McIntyre, chairman of Hospitality Health, said the courses offer a “fantastic opportunity for the industry”.

“Without the funding support from the Tourism Recovery Fund we would not be able to offer this,” he said.

“It will have a huge impact on the wellbeing and mental fitness of the staff within the hospitality and tourism industries and should have a lasting impact.”

David Cochrane, chief executive of HIT Scotland, said there has “never been a more important time for the industry to invest in its most valuable asset, its people”.

“It is the people within the industry who will drive the recovery of the industry,” he said.

“Therefore, the wellbeing of individuals across the sector is paramount. This suite of development will enable many businesses to improve their knowledge in this area and build up a culture of resilience and support for their teams for the long term.”

Information on the courses and how to apply is available at