Mental Health First Aid (2 Day Course) - Sydney NSW
Mental health first aid (MHFA) 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. MHFA strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by the Mental Health First Aid Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors.
Mental Health First Aid is a national non profit training and research program developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener OAM and Professor Tony Jorm. MHFA currently operates under the auspices of Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia.
MHFA Training can provide members of the community with:
- skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
- knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems;
- awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available;
- skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem;
- skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.