Mental Health First Aid
Duration: 12 hours
Coordinator: Dr Kate Smith
Presenter: Dr Kate Smith
In response to COVID-19 Mental Health First Aid have released a blended fully online course. This will meet the same learning objectives and of our usual
2 day course but will be provided in a different format:
• Course Component 1 - A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete) it is a requirement to complete component 1 before attending component 2
• Course Component 2 - An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (2 sessions of 2.5 hours each including set up time). Please see updated dates & timings below.
This course will also still allow you to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.
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:
- 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.
- Develop knowledge on common mental health conditions, including signs
and symptoms and appropriate interventions, including evidence-based treatment options.
Instructor lead component of this course may run over 2 non-consecutive days on the dates & times listed below.
2 July & 9 July - 9am to 11.30am - Zoom video conference.
30 September & 7 October - 9am to 11.30am - Zoom video conference.
8 October & 15 October - 9am to 11.30am - Zoom video conference.
24 November & 1 December - 9am to 11.30am - Zoom video conference.