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) teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Learn about:
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:
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.
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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.
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:
All Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Persons courses for the remainder of 2017 are sold out.
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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.
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