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Mental Health First Aid

bookmark Course category: Working with others
timer Duration: 2 days

feed Study mode: Face to face

info Pre-requisites: n/a

About this course

The Mental Health First Aid course is a nationally acknowledged program designed to help people who are developing a mental health problem, or who are in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is provided, or the crisis resolves.

You will develop knowledge and skills to improve your ability to recognise, communicate and support people suffering from mental health issues until they can access professional mental health services.

This course is not designed to provide specialist knowledge and skills for mental health or other clinical professionals working with mental health clients.

Who should attend?

Staff who provide management, leadership or support to others.

We recommend candidates review the learning materials available on the “Heads up” link of beyondblue.org.au to determine whether they also need to complete the Mental Health First Aider course.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems.
  2. Provide initial help to people experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.
  3. Identify the options for professional mental health support.
  4. Provide first aid in a crisis situation.
  5. Use evidence based strategies to support somebody experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Topics covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

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