FAQ

FAQ

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  • Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
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A 12 hour individual course (at our location) costs $250.00 including your Mental Health First Aid manual and course materials. For organisations the basic investment for a Standard MHFA course (held on your premises) for up to 26 people is $2600 inclusive of all course materials. We are willing to travel to your regional location to conduct courses. Some additional costs may be incurred however we strive to keep these at a minimum. Please contact us to discuss options for workplace or community group training.
Not necessarily! If you can get a group of people together and a location for two days then we may be able to travel to you no matter how far away you are. Just contact us and let us know how we can help. Also, check out MHFA Australia for courses - they're happening all the time! https://mhfa.com.au/courses/public
Mental Health First Aid is a 12 hour course that gives people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or who is in mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it does build mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness.
The Mental Health First Aid course runs 12 hours and may be offered in a variety of formats. Most often, it is provided in two full days, or in four 4 hour sessions spaced over a few weeks.
Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis such as contemplating suicide. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Mental Health First Aiders learn a single 5-step strategy that includes assessing risk, respectfully listening to and supporting the individual in crisis, and identifying appropriate professional help and other supports. Participants are also introduced to risk factors and warning signs for mental health or substance use problems, engage in experiential activities that build understanding of the impact of illness on individuals and families, and learn about evidence-supported treatment and self-help strategies.
Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step action plan in a variety of situations such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. An important component of the Mental Health First Aid course is the opportunity to practice the intervention strategy rather than to just learn about it. This simple experience can make it easier to actually apply the knowledge in a real-life situation.
Mental Health First Aid is intended for all people and organisations that make up the fabric of a community. The course is presented to chambers of commerce, professional associations, hospitals, nursing homes, rotary clubs, parent organisations, social clubs, and other community groups. Professionals who regularly interact with a lot of people (such as police officers, human resource directors, and primary care workers), school and college leadership, faith communities, friends and family of individuals with mental illness or addiction, or anyone interested in learning more about mental illness and addiction should get trained.