The importance of Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is equally if not more important a skill to master than regular First Aid. In every walk of life and situation you are exposed to mental health issues; your own and others.
Do you have days when you feel overwhelmed by the busyness of life? Have you noticed a friend or colleague does not seem themselves? Have your children suddenly started to act out of character? These signs could be harmless – you’re just tired, your friend is having an off day and your children are simply hormonal teenagers. On the other hand these feelings and behaviours may indicate a deeper issue.
Mental health does not necessarily manifest in dramatic ways, it can be subtle, silent and in extreme cases, deadly.
The number of suicides is on the increase, in many cases they come out of the blue and affect seemingly happy, fulfilled individuals. The toll on families and loved ones is immense and far reaching.
Mental Health First Aid teaches everyone the signs to look out for and remedies to help yourself and others cope with the stresses of life. There are times when expert advice and professional help is needed; you will learn to know when to seek this assistance.
For more information on our Mental Health First Aid course visit our course page. If you or a friend is struggling please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14
Written by Anne-Marie Cahill (RTO Manager)