Did you know:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.