Mental Health First Aid
Only $200 for current and previous Adept Training students
The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches people (18 years and over) how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines. The course is delivered by a Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor
This course has been widely evaluated in research trials conducted by MHFA Australia and independent organisations. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.
Course participants learn to recognise the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems, such as:
- Anxiety problems
- Substance use problems
You will also learn how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be most effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situations.
Crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm)
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
- Severe psychotic states
- Aggressive behaviours
All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.
Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation. MHFA International has an ongoing research program to develop and maintain MHFA guidelines for Australia. MHFA course participants who pass the accreditation assessment are accredited against these guidelines, which are at a higher level than VET accredited qualifications.
You are required to have a good understanding of written, verbal and spoken English. You will be asked to undertake our Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (LLN).