Did you know mental health conditions will affect more Australians than cancer?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 17.5% of Australian have experienced mental and behavioural health conditions in their lifetime.* It is important to understand how to support those with mental illness in their journey.
The Mental Health First Aid course is ideal for all Queenslanders including those individuals who support families and friends through a mental illness or health professionals who work with adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Students will learn first aid skills for helping people experiencing a mental health crisis, 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.
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country.
St John Ambulance Queensland offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
12 Hour Standard MHFA Course
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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 final Standard Mental Health First Aid course for 2017 is scheduled as follows:
- Brisbane - Northside Training Centre (Virginia) - 23-24 November 2017
Please book in the calendar below.
14 Hour Youth MHFA Course
The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adolescents who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
A limited number of Youth Mental Health First Aid Course are scheduled as follows:
- Far North Queensland Training Centre (Cairns) - 22-23 November 2017
- Far North Queensland Training Centre (Cairns) - 13-14 December 2017
Please book in the calendar below.
* Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 Retrieved from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001
DEVELOPING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
- Substance misuse
- Eating disorders (Youth MHFA course only)
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SITUATIONS
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called self-harm)
- Panic attack
- After a traumatic event
- Severe psychotic states
- Severe effects of alcohol and drugs
Please note this course is not recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an educational course to learn how to give first aid to others.
Training Materials Provided
Course participants receive a copy of the Standard or Youth MHFA Manual and are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment with Mental Health First Aid Australia in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation which is valid for three years.
Recommended recertification period
Mental Health First Aid Australia recommends that you renew your skills and knowledge every three years.
Recommended Product/First Aid kits
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