MENTAL HEALTH

FIRST AID

PROVIDING HOPE AND SUPPORT

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 and teen Mental Health First Aid courses, implemented together, 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.

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Upcoming sessions:

All sessions will run 9am to 5:30pm on both days

Wed Jul 26 and Wed Aug 2

Sat Aug 12 and Sat Aug 19

Mon Sep 4 and Tue Sep 5

Tue Oct 3 and Wed Oct 4

Thu Nov 9 and Thu Nov 16

Sat Dec 9 and Sun Dec 10

The course 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 first aid in a crisis.

Read more information here and here.

Format

This is a 14 hour course, delivered over two days. Course participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Who can attend a course?

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.

The 2-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,
  • sports coaches, and
  • youth workers.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR THE SUICIDAL PERSON

MHFA Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

Upcoming sessions:

All sessions will run 10am to 3pm

Sun Sep 10

Tue Nov 14

Sat Dec 16

Curriculum content 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.

Format

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.

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 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.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AUSTRALIA ON ’13 REASONS WHY’

Many will have heard in recent days about the recently released Netflix show, ‘13 Reasons Why’. The show is the story of a girl who suicides, leaving tapes for her classmates which place the blame on them.

Youth mental health and suicide prevention services worldwide, including us at MHFA Australia, have expressed concerns about the show, especially the graphic nature of some of the scenes.

Dr Claire Kelly, Youth Programs Manager says, “Telling young people they shouldn’t watch it may reinforce the idea that suicide shouldn’t be discussed. Instead, it’s important for the adults around them to be ready to talk to them about the content, and about what they should do if they or one of their friends needs help.”

MHFA Australia has created two documents to help with this:
1. Possible discussion points about the show. It is by no means exhaustive.
2. Summary of the plot and explanation of what material may be distressing or even triggering for vulnerable young people.

SCHOOLS, ORGANISATIONS, AND GROUPS

Youth MHFA

  • Two-day course
  • For adults working or living with adolescents
  • Suitable for parents, teachers, coaches, and youth workers
  • Participants receive a YMHFA manual and certificate of completion
  • Can be claimed as 14 hours of CPD for professionals (nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and lawyers [read more about MHFA CPDhere]).

MHFA for Suicidal Persons

  • Four-hour course
  • For all adults
  • Participants receive a handbook and digital certificate of completion
  • Can be claimed as four hours of CPD for professionals (nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, psychologists, social workers, teachers, and lawyers [read more about MHFA CPDhere]).
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