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Mental Health First Aid

Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Did you know that approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year?

Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

Research has shown that MHFA helps with the following:

Knowledge: improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies.

Confidence: in providing first aid to a person experiencing a mental health problem. Increases Awareness by educating the community and can also change the stigma associated with mental health challenges. Increases support provided to others in need.

MHFA is evidence-based training

MHFA courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing guidelines that cover several mental health problems, crises and in different contexts.

THE STANDARD MHFA COURSE FOR INDIVIDUAL ADULTS OVER 18

You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

GAIN THE CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS TO:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Find effective help
  • Respond to early signs
  • Respond to suicidal thoughts
  • Have appropriate boundaries

INCLUDED:

  • 12-hour course
  • 186-page Mental Health First Aid manual
  • Certification for 3 years
  • Morning tea

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID (MHFA) IN THE WORKPLACE

Mental ill health costs Australian workplaces $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $1.6 billion in presenteeism and $146 million in compensation claims per year. Only 22% of full-time workers with signs of common mental illness receive treatment for their mental health problems Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training course which gives your employees the skills and confidence to have supportive conversations with their co-workers and help guide them to professional help if needed. It has been shown to increase knowledge, confidence and helping behaviours, and reduce stigma.

Mental Health First Aid at Work can assist with:

  • Equipping managers & employees about early recognition of the signs of mental health problems and how to respond appropriately.
  • Education staff and decreasing their stress as they will have more of an understanding about mental health and know what to do if someone is having mental health problems or a mental health crisis.
  • Create a workplace culture that promotes and understands the importance of mental health.
  • Encourage employees to seek help for mental illness.
  • Give staff the knowledge to recognise if they themselves are starting to experience mental health and knowledge of the interventions available.
  • Decrease the stigma around mental illness.

Good News: Australian workplaces can expect a return on investment of $2.3 for every $1 invested in mental health first aid training for staff.

Cost: The Mental Health First Aid Course can be run on site at your premises or you can sign up to any of the courses open to the general public.

PARTICIPANTS WILL GAIN THE CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS TO:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • Find effective help
  • Respond to early signs
  • Respond to suicidal thoughts
  • Have appropriate boundaries

INCLUDED:

  • 12-hour course
  • 186-page Mental Health First Aid manual
  • Certification for 3 years

Note: This course can be scheduled as 2 consecutive days (12 hours) or as four 3-hour sessions over 4 consecutive weeks.