Mental Health First Aid

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Duration: 12 hours

Coordinator: Dr Kate Smith

Presenter: Dr Kate Smith

This course may run over 2 non-consecutive full days or 2 consecutive full days on the dates listed below.

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. The University of Queensland offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid 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.

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

This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course. Course participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion, provided they attend all sessions of the training.

This course will enable participants to:

  1. Provide mental health first aid to a person who is developing a mental health problem,
    or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received
    or the crisis resolves.
  2. Develop knowledge on common mental health conditions, including signs
    and symptoms and appropriate interventions, including evidence-based treatment options.

This course may run over 2 non-consecutive full days or 2 consecutive full days on the dates listed below

Please note: catering will only be provided at International House. 

2019 (St Lucia) dates, times & venues below:

11 June & 18 June - 8.30am to 4pm - International House seminar room building 36A, St Lucia campus 

11 June - 9am to 4.30pm - room 216, building no. 21C & 12 June - 9am to 5pm - room 202, building no. 38, St Lucia campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

2 July & 9 July - 8.30am to 4pm - International House seminar room building 36A, St Lucia campus

11 July - 9am to 4.30pm - room 216, building no. 21C & 12 July - 9am to 5pm - room 216, building no. 21C, St Lucia campus  - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

5 Aug - 9am to 4.30pm & 6 Aug - 9am to 5pm - 9am to 4.30pm - room 202, Learning Innovation building no. 17, St Lucia campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

25 Sept & 2 Oct - 8.30am to 4pm - International House seminar room building 36A, St Lucia campus

15 Oct - 9am to 4.30pm - room 202, Learning Innovation building no. 17 & 16 Oct - 9am to 5pm - room 216, building no. 21C, St Lucia campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

5 Nov & 12 Nov - 8.30am to 4pm - International House seminar room building 36A, St Lucia campus

5 Nov
 - 9am to 4.30pm & 6 Nov - 9am to 5pm - room 216, building no. 21C, St Lucia campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

4 Dec & 11 Dec - 8.30am to 4pm - International House seminar room building 36A, St Lucia campus

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2019 (Gatton) dates, times & venues below: 

26 June - 9am to 4.30pm & 27 June - 9am to 5pm - room 112, building 8106, Gatton campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

9 Sept - 9am to 4.30pm & 10 Sept - 9am to 5pm - Meeting room 2, Morrison Hall building 8123, Gatton campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

19 Nov - 9am to 4.30pm & 20 Nov - 9am to 5pm - Meeting room 2, Morrison Hall building 8123, Gatton campus - no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)

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2019 (Herston) dates, times & venues below:

3 December - 9am to 4.30pm & 4 December - 9am to 5pm - Oral Health Centre Building 0883 Room 4311, Herston (at RBWH), map to location following Herston campus no catering provided at this course (Dave Wells - facilitator)