MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
A Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course equips participants with the skills to recognise and appropriately support someone experiencing an emerging or worsening mental illness.
The program outcomes include:
- Improved knowledge of mental illnesses and treatments.
- Knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness.
- Standard MHFA Manual to keep, a Certificate of Completion and eligibility to become accredited as a Mental Health First Aider.
A Mental Health First Aider provides support until a person is able to get to appropriate professional help.
Fully online versions of both a community and workplace MHFA course are now available. Please call 0419 120 601 to discuss your needs.
The online course consists of two components:
Component 1: Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)
The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. This is booked and paid for directly through MHFA*. The fee is $88 inclusive of GST plus postage.
Component 2: Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)
This component follows the completion of component 1 – eLearning. Course Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online. Bookings can be made below* and the fee of $187 including GST is paid directly to the instructor.
* Call Donna on 0419 120 601 to purchase both components in a seamless transaction.
Upcoming Mental Health First Aid Courses:
^ The workplace course contains scenarios and examples that are more workplace specific than the community course although the skills gained are transferable to all contexts.
Mental illness is a major risk for organisations leading to absence, lost productivity, and disruption. Training in Mental Health First Aid helps to create safer workplaces and communities by equipping people with practical skills to support those around them.
Mental illness is estimated to cost the Australian economy $43 to $51 billion per year according to the Productivity Commission’s recent draft report into mental health. With 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 experiencing mental illness during their lifetime, mental illness is disrupting workplaces just like yours, but with a proactive approach, it can be combated.
Mental Health First Aid is an essential component of a progressive organisation’s mental health strategy.