Older Person Mental Health First Aid - Carlingford NSW
MHFA Australia has developed a 12-hour face-to-face Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) Course for families and carers assisting people aged 65+. The aim of our Older Person MHFA Course is to train the community to respond appropriately as early as possible to older people developing mental health problems, rather than wait for a mental health crisis before taking action.
What the course covers
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in older people, how to offer initial help, where and how to get professional and other help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Mental health problems covered are:
- Anxiety problems
- Confusion and dementia
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Panic attacks
- Unsafe behaviours due to confusion - wandering, unsafe to drive and unsafe in current place of residence
- Challenging behaviours due to confusion.