What is Mental Health First Aid?
Whilst people often have a basic understanding of common physical health problems, there is widespread ignorance and misunderstanding of mental health. General first aid courses are recognised as improving the public’s skills in giving initial and appropriate help at medical emergencies however most of these courses do not address helping with mental health crisis or developing problems.
In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience a common mental illness in any given year. Most of us at some point in our lives will have close contact with a work colleague, family member or friend experiencing a mental illness, problem or in distress. It makes sense to prioritise mental health education so you, or persons in your workforce, know how to support when help is needed.
“Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves.”
MHFA is a 12 hour training running over two 6 hour Fridays. This is an Edition 4 training.
We come to your workplace or organisation if you have 8-20 persons to train. If you are a workplace with under 8 persons you may like to book into one of our monthly training’s in our own Professional Training Room or at your workplace.
The Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults, 18 years and over, how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.
Developing mental health problems covered are:
*Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
*Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
*Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
*Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
*Severe psychotic states
All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan. Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual (4th Edition) to keep and a Certificate of Completion.
Next Training: April 11th & 12th
Places limited early booking recommended
The Mental Health Station is a proud Partner of http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/
“Act-Belong-Commit is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This evidence-based campaign was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University into people’s perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. The campaign is directed by Mentally Healthy WA at Curtin University, and implemented through health services, local governments, women’s health services and not-for-profit groups.”