The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach Nurses and other Health Care Professionals how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate mental health services can be accessed, or the crisis resolves.
Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention.
These numbers would indicate that acute hospitals, aged care services, and medical practices would have clients presenting with mental illness that require support and diagnosis - but a large number of these services do not employ mental health trained staff.
There will also be a number of staff in the workplace who will also experience a mental illness in the next 12 months and your service will need to have the resources to identify those that may need support and ongoing assistance.
In the workplace Mental Health First Aid works the same as physical first aid - most organisations are training a number of key personnel to become Workplace Mental Health First Aiders who can identify, support, and assist their clients and colleagues during initial diagnosis and in times of crises.
The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.
What the Course Covers:
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, identify appropriate mental health services to refer to, 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:
- Anxiety problems
- Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
- Severe psychotic states
- Aggressive behaviours
Testimonials from our last course:
"The in-depth information on each area of the mental health issues covered in this course will now enable me to recognize someone who is in need of help and the best way to assist."
"It was very well presented. The content was clear and concise. I work with a nursing agency and I go to different hospitals and nursing homes. This certificate will be of great assistance to me because I meet all sorts of clients in my travels."
"My overall response to this course is of very high opinions. I didn't even know that Mental Health First Aid existed and am very impressed and excited to integrate it and be able to possibly help people I may come across who may be struggling with an illness that others may not recognise effectively."
Claim CPD Hours:
The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours
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