**NEW in 2018** MHFA for Gambling problems, Youth MHFA & Teen MHFA - Click on the button below for more details
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 and MHFA for Gambling Problems 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 Mental Health First Aid courses we deliver 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 MHFA courses we offer 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
In Australia, about 1.1% of the adult population (about 200,000 people) can be categorised as having gambling problems, with a further 230,000 to 350,000 experiencing moderate risks that may make them vulnerable to gambling problems.
Many Australian's lives are impacted directly and indirectly as a result of problem gambling. Those with gambling problems are at increased risk of suicide and likely to experience mental health problems including depression, anxiety and substance use problems.
This course aims to address these concerns by teaching community members how to provide mental health first aid to people experiencing gambling problems.
What the Course Covers
Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English speaking developed countries.
You will learn:
Who can attend a course
Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to someone who is experiencing gambling problems.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
(2 x day course)
From April 2018, Intrinsic Mind will also offer Youth Mental Health First Aid which is an extremely invaluable course for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years) and is particularly suitable for parents, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers.
Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
We will keep you posted when this course becomes available
Later in the year, we will also offer Teen Mental Health First Aid which teaches high school students in years 7-9 and 10-12, how to provide mental health first aid to their friends.
Students will learn the teen MHFA Action Plan, as well as information about different types of mental health problems and mental health crisis situations in young people, and the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Rather than discussing in depth individual mental illnesses, the focus is on learning to recognise changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviour that indicate that there might be a mental health problem.
What an incredible course and we look forward to offering this later in the year. We will keep you posted when this course becomes available
All information provided on this page is available at Mental Health First Aid Australia
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