Workplace Mental Health First Aid

A mentally healthy workplace minimises harm and promotes protective factors for all employees, providing them with an open and supportive environment.

MHFA Online Course

Due to COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid Australia has been busy developing a series of online courses. We are excited to say that a digital, web-based training of MHFA is now available!

Course Description:

The Blended Online MHFA Workplace Course has been adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. Developed in response to COVID-19, the new Blended Online MHFA Workplace Course includes two course components.

Course Components:

Course Component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)
The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. Allow 2 weeks for completion.

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)
The instructor led sessions provide course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online. Delivered approximately 2 weeks after self-directed learning. Session held one week apart.

Participant numbers:

Minimum of 8, maximum of 12

If you want more information or are interested in organising a MHFA online course for you or your employees, please click on the link below!

MHFA Online Course Info

Online MHFA Refresher Course

After working diligently to develop online courses due to COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid Australia have announced a web-based, virtual training of the MHFA Refresher Course! This 4 hour refresher course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course.

Participants will:

Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
Practice mental health first aid skills
Receive an additional 3 years of accreditation

Delivery:

The online version is delivered by a qualified instructor over Zoom
The course is run over two sessions – each 2.5 hours duration
Sessions are spaced several days apart (ideally 1 week apart)

Cost:

Group/organisation sessions only – $1,800 per group

Click on the link below for more information or to register for the online mental health first aid refresher course!

MHFA Online Refresher Course Info

Mental Health First Aid –
2 Day Course

If you hurt yourself at work, chances are you’ll be treated by a first aider. But mental health problems aren’t usually as clearcut as treating a bruise or a sprain – it can be tough for you to know what to do in a time of need and you may even feel out of your depth. However, supporting someone who is experiencing symptoms of poor mental health at work can make an enormous difference to their recovery.

This two day accredited course teaches participants about common mental health issues, and has been found to increase their knowledge, awareness and skills. Upon completion of the course, some organisations have introduced Mental Health First Aid Officers, in the same way they have First Aid Officers.

Whilst the program is offered over two days, this can be structured in a number of ways. All participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion. Participants can also complete an online competency assessment following the course and will receive a 3 year accreditation.

Course Overview

Participants learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. The program is offered over two days and covers four modules. All participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion.

Module 1:

Mental Illness: the prevalence and impact
Mental Illness intervention techniques
Depression- the signs, symptoms and the risk factors
How to intervene when you see signs of depression?

Module 3:

Crisis first aid for panic attacks
Crisis first aid after traumatic events
First aid for anxiety problems
Psychosis: the signs, symptoms and the risk factors
How to intervene when you see signs of psychosis?

Module 2:

Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Crisis first aid for non-suicidal self-injury
First aid for depression
Anxiety: the signs, symptoms and the risk factors
How to intervene when you see signs of anxiety?

Module 4:

Crisis first aid for severe psychotic states
First aid for psychosis
Substance misuse: the signs, symptoms and the risk factors
How to intervene when you see signs of substance abuse?
Crisis first aid for severe effects of substance use
Crisis first aid for aggressive behaviour
First aid for substance use problems

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