MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE OUTLINE

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WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You will learn to recognise common mental health problems, how to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, and how to respond in a crisis situation. During the course, participants have the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe environment.

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

 

Using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, you will learn:

  • the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults

  • how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help

  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and

  • how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

You will:

  • increase your mental health literacy

  • increase confidence in providing mental health first aid

  • decrease stigmatising attitudes

  • increases the support provided to others

Mental health conditions and situations covered include:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • psychosis

  • substance use

Mental health crises covered include:

  • suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • self-harm

  • panic attacks

  • traumatic events

  • severe effects of drug or alcohol

  • severe psychotic states

  • aggressive behaviours

 

Note: This is an education course designed to teach people the skills to give first aid to others, it is not a therapy or support group.