Mental Health First Aid Course | edition 4 August 2017
Standard Mental Health First Aid Training 12 hour course is delivered by Cass Quinn, accredited MHFA Australia Instructor. Courses are customised to suit groups as best as possible to meet individual needs. Industry focus is provided for work places, large companies or community organisations.
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, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
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. The course curriculum is based on the MHFA Guidelines.
Claim CPD Points
Most professionals can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.
The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions including: nursing (i.e., midwives, mental health, practice nurses), pharmacy, fitness, chiropractic, and physiotherapy. In addition, for the following professionals, if a participant can link a relevant CPD learning goal to the Mental Health First Aid course, attendance can be claimed as CPD by: psychologists, social workers, teacher, dieticians, speech pathologists, audiologists/audiometrists and lawyers in some states and territories of Australia. You should also check directly with the body you are a member of for more information.
What the course covers
Developing mental health problems covered are:
- Anxiety problems
- Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
- Severe psychotic states
- Aggressive behaviours
All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.
This is a 12-hour course, which can be delivered as either:
- A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), OR
- As 4 separate training modules (3 hours each)
Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.
A manual is provided to each participant attending this 12-hour MHFA course. Download review of the standard MHFA manual (83.28 KB).
Who can attend a course?
Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.