Training - Mental Health First Aid

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Want to help the mental health of your community?
A Mental Health First Aid Course is now available!



What is Mental Health First Aid?

First Aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

What does the Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Course Involve?

A 12-hour training course has been developed for members of the public and workplaces. This course covers how to give help in any of the following crisis situations:
• Person feeling suicidal
• Person having a panic attack
• Person who has recently experienced a traumatic event
• Psychotic person threatening violence
• Person who has overdosed

The course also trains the public to give help to people with mental health problems before a crisis develops. The problems covered are:
• Depression
• Anxiety disorders
• Psychosis
• Substance use disorders

What does the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Training Course Involve?

This 4-hour course teaches how to offer mental health first aid to a person experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours. It is a stand alone course that complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course, Blended MHFA Courses and the 14 -hour Youth MHFA course. You can attend this training without having done the other courses.

Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English speaking developed countries. Learning outcomes of the course include:

Please note that the MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. The MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a therapy or a support group and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it. Specific postvention support services can be found at the beyondblue website.

What does the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course Involve?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14-hour course which teaches first aid skills for mental health crisis situations and the early stages of mental health problems.

The 14-hour Youth MHFA Course - A 14-hour course has been developed for adults working or living with adolescents. This specialist course was developed in response to the following:

1. Mental illnesses frequently first arise in adolescence and young adulthood.
2. Young people have poorer knowledge about mental  illness and how to get professional help.
3. They are particularly likely to initially need support from adults to get appropriate help.

The course covers the MHFA Action Plan and the following crisis situations and mental illnesses.

Crisis situations covered are:
• Suicidal behaviours
• Self-harm
• Acute stress reaction
• Panic attacks
• Acute psychotic behaviour

Mental health problems covered are:
• Depression
• Anxiety disorders
• Psychosis
• Substance use disorders
• Eating disorders

Participants learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual to keep.

Older Person Mental Health First Aid Course for families and carers assisting people aged 65+

The aim of our Older Person MHFA Course is to train the community to respond appropriately as early as possible to older people developing mental health problems, rather than wait for a mental health crisis before taking action.

Course Content - Mental Health Problems covered are:
Depression, Anxiety Problems, Confusion and dementia

Mental health crisis situations covered are:
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Panic attacks
Unsafe behaviours due to confusion - wandering
Unsafe to drive and unsafe in current place of residence
Challenging behaviours due to confusion

Who can attend the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course?

Any interested adult can attend. This is an education course and not a therapy program or support group.

Is Mental Health First Aid Training Effective?

Evaluations of Mental Health First Aid training show a number of benefits:
• Better recognition of mental health problems
• Beliefs about treatment become closer to those of professionals
• Reduced stigma
• Increased confidence in providing help to others
• Greater amount of help provided to others in the
6 months following the course

Upcoming course dates for both Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses

All courses now run are Edition 4



(GST is included in all course prices)

City Training Venue

13th Floor - 200 Queen St Melbourne
We are a 10 minute walk from Melbourne Central
Or catch a train to Southern Cross, catch a tram up Bourke St which crosses Queen St and turn left (3 minute walk).
There is also a car park right next to our venue ($24.00 early bird)

9.15am to 4.45pm each day for Adult Course
9.15am to 1.15pm  for the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course
9.15am to 4.45pm each day for Youth Course

2 Day Courses

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Adult Mental Health First Aid Course - $270
Tuesday/Wednesday 20th & 21st March - Fully Booked
Tuesday/Wednesday 10th & 11th April
Tuesday/Wednesday 30th & 31st May
Tuesday/Wednesday 17th & 18th July
Tuesday/Wednesday 11th & 12th September
Tuesday/Wednesday 13th & 14th November

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person (4 hour course) $120
Monday May 14th
Monday September 10th
Monday November 12th

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course - $270
Tuesday/Wednesday 06th & 07th March
Tuesday/Wednesday 05th & 06th June
Tuesday/Wednesday 18th & 19th September
Tuesday/Wednesday 20th & 21st November

Older Person Mental Health First Aid Course  - $270
(Course for families and carers assisting people aged 65+ )
Tuesday/Wednesday 22nd & 23rd May
Tuesday/Wednesday 10th & 11th July
Tuesday/Wednesday 02nd & 3rd October

Course Cost $270.00 per participant

Participants will receive a comprehensive training manual, ability to achieve three years of accreditation as a mental health first aider through an online exam and morning/afternoon tea each day. Lunch is available to purchase from the vibrant cafe scene located all around this training venue. We also have on-site a refrigerator, microwave and sandwich press for those who might like to bring their lunch.


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Who runs Mental Health First Aid?

The Mental Health First Aid program is run by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia, a national not-for-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research. More information about MFHA Australia here

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If you can guarantee at least ten people attending our two day mental health course, we'll guarantee going anywhere in Victoria.


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In order to keep our costs down, in the event of a cancellation (within 5 business days of the event), a 20% administrative fee will be deducted from your refund. We regret, no refund will be given if notice is received less than five business days prior to the event (we may however offer you a place in another course if one becomes available).

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For Further Information Please Call 0412 102 801