Diane is trained to deliver
Standard MHFA - Adults helping adults
Youth MHFA - Adults helping youth
TeenMHFA - Young people helping a friend
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
The 12-hour STANDARD MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE. This course teaches adults how to assist other adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.
What is Mental health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The frst aid
is given until appropriate professional
treatment is received or until the
What is the Standard Mental health First Aid course?
The third edition Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines
were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries. Further information here: www.mhfa.com.au/guidelines.shtml.
About MHFA Australia
The Mental Health First Aid Program was developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Prof. Tony Jorm. It was then auspiced as a training and research program at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne from mid 2005. Since mid 2012 it has operated as a non-proft health promotion charity called Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Who would benefit from doing a MHFA course?
Anyone who lives works or cares for people would benefit, similar to attending a Physical First Aid Course MHFA is intended to help everyday people increase their capacity to have the confidence to help an individual who may be experiencing a mental health issue this can be anything from stress to psychosis. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.
Contact your local instructor to ask about their fees.
All instructors of this course are trained by Mental Health First Aid Australia
The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
Developing mental health problems covered:
• Depression • Anxiety
• Substance misuse
Mental health crises covered:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours • Non-suicidal self-injury
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe psychotic states
• Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse • Aggressive behaviours
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help
The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours. These evaluations have been carried out in workplace and community settings. Further information and links to MHFA related evaluations here: www.mhfa.com.au/evaluation.shtml
The Program has spread to every state and territory of Australia and internationally. More information here: www.mhfa.com.au/international.shtml
This is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours). The delivery format is fexible. Course participants receive a copy of the
Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certifcate of Completion.
Where can the courses be held?
The course can be conducted wherever a Mental Health First Aid Instructor can travel. If extended travel is required, the instructor’s expenses may need to be met (to be negotiated with the instructor).
upcoming MhFA courses
MHFA courses for members of the public are advertised through the MHFA website at: www.mhfa.com.au/current_courses.php
MHFA is recognised as Professional Development by many organisations