What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience).
Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. Intrinsic Mind offers Standard MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
MHFA is an award winning program and is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidenced-Based Programs and Practices
Jen Ince - Your Mental Health First Aid Instructor
As a qualified instructor of Mental Health First aid, I am excited to be able to roll out our newest training course for Intrinsic Mind. Ever since I completed my 2 day MHFA course, I fell in love with the content, the scope and what it is all about, and I am sure you will too. Intrinsic Mind's philosophy is of holistic health and wellness, which not only includes physical health, but mental health and wellness also. Thus, the newly available 2 x day Standard Mental Health First Aid course aligns perfectly with our values and we are thrilled to be able to now offer it to you.
Scroll down and read all about the standard MHFA course and also MHFA in the workplace courtesy of © Mental Health First Aid Australia
The Standard MHFA Course
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Developing mental health problems covered are:
A manual is provided to each participant attending this 12-hour MHFA course and 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.
The 12-hour Standard MHFA course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, by several professional bodies as shown below.
In addition, for the following professionals, if a relevant CPD learning goal can be met by a Mental Health First Aid course, course attendance can be claimed as continuing professional development (CPD) by:
- Social Workers
- Speech Pathologists
- Audiologists and audiometrists
- Lawyers in some states and territories of Australia
- Orthotists and Prosthetists
All information provided on this page is available at Mental Health First Aid Australia
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