Mental Health First Aid

Within the Project: RESPONSE program, we conduct trainings in:

Mental Health First Aid (Master instructor)

Definition:

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

MHFA Australia develops, evaluates and provides a variety of training programs and courses:

 Evidence-based MHFA courses which teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public.

 Instructor Training Courses which train and accredit suitable individuals to deliver these MHFA courses to communities and workplaces across Australia.

What do MHFA Course Participants Learn?

MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public. 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. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world.

MHFA courses can provide members of the community with:

  • Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems

  • Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems

  • Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available

  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem

  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.