Mental Health First Aid (Standard) goes for 2 days (12 hours) and covers Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Psychosis and Substance Use Disorder. This 2 day course is nationally accredited and allows you to become a workplace Mental Health First Aider. For more information on this course click here or to book a space on the next course click here.
Youth Mental Health First Aid goes for 2 days (14 hours) and is for people working with teenagers. The course covers Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Substance Use Disorder. This course is also nationally accredited and allows participants to become workplace Mental Health First Aiders. For more information on the course click here or to reserve your space on the next available course click here
Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person (4 hours) is specifically about suicide. The course covers how to identify the signs of suicide, what to say (and what not to say), how to support someone who’s in crisis and explores some of the myths around suicide. For more info on this course click here or to reserve a space in the next available course click here.
Mental Health First Aid for Non Suicidal Self Injury (4 Hours) is specifically about NSSI formally known as self harm. The course outlines the signs of NSSI, what to say (and not to say) and how to support them until help arrives. It also looks at some of the myths behind it.
Mental Health First Aid for Gambling Problems (4 hours) is a very new course from MHFA (Australia) and looks at how to identify someone may have a gambling problem and how to support them to get help. This course can be done as a stand alone but when combined withe the MHFA for the Suicidal Person course above, there are discounts available. For more info on this course click here or to reserve your space click here.
Teen Mental Health First Aid Course. This course is aimed at adolescents in Years 7-12. The course covers how to support a mate who’s at risk of developing a mental health problem or in crisis, how to talk to them and how to get help from a responsible adult. The course runs over 3 sessions for between 60 – 90 mins depending on the Year they’re in. The course can only be run to existing groups such as schools, sporting clubs or churches etc as part of the safety package that is at the core of what we do. In addition at least 10% of the staff / team that support the teenagers, must have done the Youth MHFA course first in order to ensure the message is consistent once the programme has finished.
So why choose Mental Health First Aid?
As part of OH&S compliance most organisations now have a designated First Aider but what about having a Mental Health First Aider?
Mental illness is the biggest cause for long term disability (Disease Burden Survey, 2003) and causes many headaches for employers such as absenteeism, poor work performance and increase in HR workload due to high staff turnovers.
Many organisations are now seeing the benefits in putting their employees through the Nationally Accredited Mental Health First Aid course and having a designated Mental Health First Aider on board. Upskilling existing employees to identify issues with staff before they start affecting their work performance, offer support to staff and support them in getting appropriate professional help can greatly benefit the company and reduce associated costs. Mental Health First Aid Training is recognized by the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia as accredited Professional Development.
The course is well researched across countries and experiences, from mental health professionals to survivors and carers and has benefited everyone no matter whether they are seasoned counsellors, psychiatrists or laymen.
If you are interested in attending a First Aid or Mental Health First Aid in Perth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how we can help meet your needs. We offer a flexible service and can run a bespoke course, tailored to your individual needs or you can book a space on one of our many public courses. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book a space.
Benefits to employers include
Happier and more productive staff
Better staff morale so lower staff attrition rate
Better reputation among clients and stakeholders
Less pressure and associated costs from the HR Team
Lower insurance premiums
Safer work environment
More confident staff