About 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training will teach you practical skills to support someone with a mental health problem. Make a real difference to people in your community.
The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem, or a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.
This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.
Learn practical first aid skills
Recognise common mental health problems
Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
Seek appropriate professional help, and
Respond in a crisis situation
Mental health problems covered
Substance use problems
Mental health crisis covered
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Non-suicidal self injury
Severe psychotic states
Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
NOTE: This course is not a therapy or support group.
Why attend a MHFA course
Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided.
What is the format
This is a 12 hour course, delivered as a 2-day training package. Attendance at BOTH days (12/7/19 & 19/7/19) is compulsory.
Who can attend this course?
All students over the age of 18 years are encouraged to attend.
How much does it cost
The program is FREE for current USQ students
Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider
Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming a Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become accredited.