Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis.
Participants in this course will learn skills and gain confidence to assist friends, family and co-workers experiencing mental health problems, including: the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
The course includes:
- 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course;
- Course topics cover: developing mental health problems, depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems, as well as suicide and other mental health crises;
- Participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA manual; and
- Participants are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.
The Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) is part of a community mental health education program that has spread worldwide. Over half a million Australians have now completed MHFA training since it began in 2001.
MHFA courses are open to all members of the community aged 18 years and above. It is recommended that MHFA becomes a prerequisite for all employed in human services. This includes police officers, prison officers, high school teachers, TAFE and university lecturers, social and welfare workers, youth workers, Aboriginal health workers, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, lawyers, dieticians, physiotherapists, chiropractors, security officers, rehabilitation counsellors, customer service providers, and anyone in a team leader/management role.
“As we now know 1 in 3 people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime,” says course facilitator Trent Chapman, “so it has become the responsibility of everyone in the community to educate, empower, and support ourselves and each other”.
The first Mental Health First Aid course for Lennox Head will be held at Lennox Community Centre on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th August from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Registration is essential and costs $330. Limited places available.