What is MHFA for the Workplace?

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Are you or your business interested in learning Mental Health First Aid, but unable to find the time to sit for two-day sessions? In 2o18, Hero Town will begin delivering Blended MHFA for the Workplace. This course uses a blended online and face-to-face session that is perfectly designed for a modern, busy lifestyle. But what is MHFA for the Workplace, and how does it work?

What does the online component involve?

This is an interactive e-learning component that looks at the content of the standard MHFA course. This includes depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use problems, and the signs and symptoms of each of these mental health concerns. For each of these mental health issues, the course looks at any associated crises and techniques for approaching and aiding an individual experiencing them.

The crises covered by the course include suicidal thoughts or behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, trauma, severe psychotic states, aggression, and severe effects caused by alcohol or drug use. The course is structured so that you can proceed at your own pace, so it is suitable for any learning style. The e-learning component typically takes eight hours to complete and we suggest it is done across multiple sittings, rather than all at once.

What happens at the face-to-face session?

This five-hour portion of the course is your chance to clarify any uncertainties that were raised during the self-guided online component. The content in this portion covers the issues related to mental health concerns in the workplace, and applying the MHFA action plan to relevant scenarios. The trainer will give you guidance on how to use the skills you have learned over the eLearning course when you return to the workplace.

What is the importance of Workplace MHFA?

Many adults spend a majority of their time in the workplace and amongst their colleagues. Given that experiences of mental health are likely to impact on an individual’s work and schedule, the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem may be observed in the workplace. That individual’s co-workers may notice those signs, but are unsure of how to approach the situation or communicate any concerns appropriately.

This is where MHFA for the workplace comes in, with a flexible learning approach that suits a busy schedule that can be completed from your laptop. MHFA for the Workplace is only available for group bookings.

Steph Downing

Stephanie Downing is the administrative assistant for Hero Town Geelong. Born and raised in Geelong, Australia, Stephanie is a graduate of Deakin University with her Honours degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She adores words of all sorts and is especially infatuated with the medium of poetry and fiction, with publications of her work being featured in magazines such as WORDLY Magazine, Plumwood Mountain Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.

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