Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid (often shortened to MHFA) is a great way for parents, grandparents, sports coaches, colleagues and anyone to step up and keep the conversations going, to reduce the stigma and to save lives.
The officially certified two-day course is free (valued $490) and your skills will be an asset to your family, your friends, your workplace and your CV.
It teaches participants about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury (self harm)
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Severe effects of drug or alcohol abuse
- Severe psychotic states
- Aggressive behaviours