Which MHFA Course Should I Choose?

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With the introduction of two new MHFA trainings, this brings Hero Town up to a total of four different courses. So what do each of them mean, and which one is right for you?

Youth Mental Health First Aid

This is the first MHFA course provided by Hero Town, which we introduced in 2017. Youth MHFA is a 14-hour course which teaches adults how to approach and assist young people with a mental health concern. The mental health concerns addressed by YMHFA includes:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance misuse

As well as any associated crises, such as suicidal ideation, trauma and aggressive behaviour. In addition to looking at these mental illnesses, YMHFA also examines the effects of adolescent development and specific factors influencing young people.

Why should I choose YMHFA?

YMHFA is ideal for anyone who works or lives with young people (aged 12-18) who may be experiencing or developing a mental health concern. This includes teachers, social workers, school coaches, parents and nurses. If this course seems like the best fit for you, book your place below.

Standard Mental Health First Aid

This course covers much of the same content as Youth MHFA, except that Standard MHFA is not specifically targeted towards adolescents. SMHFA is designed for adults who wish to assist other adults who may be experiencing or developing a mental health concern. The SMHFA course, much like YMHFA, informs participants of what resources are available to them, which types of help is effective for people experiencing a mental health concern, and how to apply Mental Health First Aid during a crisis. SMHFA is a 12 hour course over two days.

Why should I choose SMHFA?

Standard MHFA is open to all adults who are willing to learn how to deliver Mental Health First Aid. The course empowers any interested participant to aid another adult who may be experiencing a worsening or developing mental health concern. If this course sounds like the right one for you, the link to book is below.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

MHFA Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

This course is a 5-hour session where participants learn about the signs, symptoms and risk factors of suicide. MHFA for the Suicidal Person applies the principles of MHFA to approaching and aiding someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviours. This is not a support group, it is an educational program designed to teach participants how to assist others.

Why should I choose MHFA for the Suicidal Person?

If you would like to assist someone who may be thinking about suicide, this course is appropriate for you. If you are interested in attending a session, you can find our session times at the following link.

Mental Health First Aid for the Workplace

This course is a blended online and in-person training that integrates the MHFA principles for a workplace. Participants in this course learn how to support their co-workers who might be experiencing a mental health concern and apply the MHFA action plan to workplace-specific scenarios. Please note that all of the aforementioned courses can be registered for group bookings; however this is the only course that includes the flexible course structure.

Why should I choose MHFA for the Workplace?

MHFA for the Workplace is ideal for group bookings by an organisation looking to train its members or employees in MHFA. The blended training style makes it a more flexible option than other training programs. This allows participants to work through the modules in their own time and only requires 5 hours of face to face training.

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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