Mental Health First Aid

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Duration: 12 hours

Coordinator: Mrs Felicity Couperthwaite

Presenter: Mrs Felicity Couperthwaite

This course runs over 2 non-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.