Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Hero Town delivers two different Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses in Geelong, Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person. Read more below.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Learn about:

  • adolescent development,
  • the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling
  • mental health problems in young people, including:
    • depression,
    • anxiety,
    • psychosis,
    • eating disorders,
    • substance misuse,
    • suicidal ideation,
    • non-suicidal self harm,
    • trauma,
    • aggressive behaviours, and
    • psychotic episodes.
  • where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness,
  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and
  • how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis.

Dates

Venue

Price

Registration

Thursday, November 9, 9am-5:30pm and Thursday, November 16, 9am-5:30pm

Deakin Cats Community Centre
(at Simonds Stadium)
370 Moorabool Street,
Geelong VIC 3220

$199

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14-hour face-to-face course, delivered in Geelong by Hero Town over the course of two days. Participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion. Registration fees also include morning and afternoon tea, as well as lunch.

Attendance is required across both days.

The two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents, those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years. However, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for:

  • parents,
  • teachers,
  • lecturers,
  • sports coaches,
  • nurses,
  • social workers,
  • police officers, and
  • youth workers.

Any interested adult can attend, though please note this course is not for adolescents to attend. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Did you know:

  • Mental health was among the top three national concerns this year and is an issue at the top of young people’s minds.
  • One in four young people are living with a mental disorder.
  • Mental health was identified as a top concern for youth in the region.
  • Young people are most likely to seek help from friends and family over online or community services.
  • The rate of suicide is the highest it has been in 10-plus years, at over 3,0000 lives lost per year.
  • For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. That is 65,300 attempts per year.

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.  Youth Mental Health First Aid can improve the capacity of the whole community to respond early and effectively when a young person is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Evaluations have shown that participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid course is associated with improved knowledge of mental illness and treatments, first aid strategies, and confidence in supporting others, as well as improved mental health of those who attend, decreased stigmatising attitudes, and increased support provided to others.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

The content for the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English speaking developed countries. Learning outcomes of the course include:

  • Understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context.
  • Reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
  • Practicing these skills in a safe environment.

Dates

Venue

Price

Registration

Tuesday, Nov 14, 10am-3pm

Deakin Cats Community Centre
(at Simonds Stadium)
370 Moorabool Street,
Geelong VIC 3220

$79

Saturday, Dec 16, 10am-3pm

Vines Road Community Centre
37-61 Vines Road
Hamlyn Heights VIC 3215

$79

This course consists of 5-hours of face-to-face training.

Course participants receive a Handbook to keep and receive a digital Certificate of Completion when they submit online feedback.

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 someone who is feeling suicidal. The course complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course, Blended MHFA Courses and the 14-hour Youth MHFA course.

Please note that the MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. The MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a therapy or a support group and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it. Specific postvention support services can be found at the beyondblue website.

  • The rate of suicide is the highest it has been in 10-plus years, at over 3,0000 lives lost per year.
  • For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives. That is 65,300 attempts per year.

Learn what to look for and how to respond. Gain practical skills to help someone you may be concerned about.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

  • Two day course
  • For adults working, supporting, or living with adolescents
  • Suitable for parents, teachers, coaches, and youth workers
  • Participants receive a YMHFA manual and digital certificate of completion

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

  • Five-hour course
  • For all adults looking to support others (youth and adults)
  • Participants receive a handbook and digital certificate of completion
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