Standard Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid Australia logoStandard Mental Health First Aid is offered in Shepparton as a free, two-day course. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The sessions will commence at the Senior Citizens Centre on Thursday 12 September and Thursday 19 September.


STANDARD MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE

This 12-hour Course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family and co-workers.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Who can attend a SMHFA course?

What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid course?

The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. Curriculum content is evidence-based, with the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates.

Course Content

The SMHFA course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or mental health crises:

Developing mental health problems

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Mental health crises

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Any interested adult can attend, there are no prerequisites for this course.

Why attend a SMHFA Course?

As a participant you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem.

How do I sign up for a course?

Contact Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District to register: Phone 5831 2395

Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course with flexible delivery. Course participants receive a copy of the SMHFA Manual and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

!Important: Note: The information provided in MHFA courses is for general mental health first aid only and is not intended to be and should not be relied upon
as a substitute for specific professional medical advice.

To Register:

Registration is FREE
Contact Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District to register: Phone 5831 2395

 

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