Whilst people often have a basic understanding of common physical health problems, there is widespread ignorance and misunderstanding of mental health. General first aid courses are recognised as improving the public’s skills in giving initial and appropriate help at medical emergencies however most of these courses do not address helping with mental health problems.
In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience a common mental illness in any given year. Most of us at some point in our lives will have close contact with a work colleague, family member or friend experiencing a mental illness, problem or in distress. It makes sense to prioritise mental health education so you, or persons in your workforce, know how to support when help is needed.
"Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or until the crisis resolves." pg 12 MHFA Manual Ed 4
Mental Health First Aid plays an important role in building community awareness and a culture of wellbeing. Read below for just a few of the reasons why Mental Health First Aid training is so important.
The 12-hour Standard MHFA course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, by several professional bodies for a updated list visit this page on the MHFA website