Want to help the mental health of your community?

OUR 2017 END OF YEAR SALE IS HAPPENING

  • Now is an excellent time to plan ahead for 2018. All workplace trainings booked before the end of the year receive a 20% discount. 
  • Early booking discounts are also in place for our January Standard MHFA training in North Fremantle 

We run regular trainings for the workplace & community

What is Mental Health First Aid?


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

 

 

 

Why Train in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) ?

 

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.

  • Mental health problems are common: About one in five Australian adults will suffer from some form of common mental health problem in any one-year. Throughout the course of a person’s life it is highly likely that they will either develop a mental health problem themselves or have close contact with someone who does. Mental Health First Aid is as important to the community as general first aid.  
  • Mental health problems can be disabling: Mental health problems can be more disabling to the sufferer than many chronic physical illnesses, seriously impacting physical health, work and relationships. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has concluded that mental health problems rank as the third biggest health problem in Australia after cancer and heart disease, and the largest in terms of actual disability.  
  • MHFA gives you confidence in dealing with crisis: The Mental Health First Aid action plan helps you to know what steps to take in different crisis situations. Would you know what to do if a friend is experiencing a panic attack for the first time, or a workmate who has been very depressed expresses thoughts of suicide? What if a family member were to begin to experience psychotic symptoms – the earlier help is found the better! 
  • MHFA reduces stigma: Attitudes of rejection are often experienced by the sufferer due to associated stigma and ignorance in the community. Mental Health First Aid can play an important role by increasing empathy and understanding through education.  
  • MHFA is therapeutic: MHFA is not therapy nor does it teach you to be a therapist. However a controlled trial of MHFA in the workplace conducted in 2002 and published in BMC Psychiatry in 2004 found amongst other benefits, MHFA improved mental health in the participants themselves. This was an unexpected finding possibly associated with the therapeutic value of education in itself. 
  • MHFA increases mental health literacy and early recognition of symptoms: The course teaches you how to recognize symptoms and how to guide someone genuinely needing help in an appropriate direction. When a mental health problem first emerges it is the family, friends or workmates who are there. MHFA training increases mental health literacy, and importantly, it increases the possibility of early recognition of a developing mental health problem which may prevent a future a crisis.  
  • Many do not know help is available or need encouragement to get help: Many people feel too ashamed to share their problem or to seek help. Many do not know help is available or may not realize they need help due to clouded thinking. Mental first aiders can play an important role in encouraging a person to get professional help and by directing them to self help therapies.  
  • We all play a part in creating a healthy society: Most participants choose to do the course for one of three reasons; their work involves people contact, they have someone close who is affected by a mental health problem, or they see it as their duty as a citizen or parent to learn first aid skills.  
     

Why Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace?

  • For many of us most of our time is spent in our workplace environment. 
  • In addition research has shown that the workplace environment has a significant impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
  • "Depression and anxiety are now the leading cause of long-term sickness absence in the developed world. They are also associated with presenteeism, where an employee remains at work despite their condition causing significantly reduced productivity. In Australia alone, poor mental health at work is estimated to cost the economy over $12billion each year, including over $200million worth of workers compensation claims." From Black Dog Institute 'Workplace Wellbeing'
  • Mental Health Education in the workplace can "increase productivity and employee engagement" as well as supporting individual health and wellbeing.
  • The Mental Health Station along with MHFA Australia is committed to the helping you create a culture of wellbeing in your workplace.
  • MHFA Australia recommends : "that every workplace should help promote good mental health, prevent mental illness and have the tools to support people with mental health problems. To do this, we believe that: Every workplace should offer Mental Health First Aid training to their workers. Every worksite should appoint at least the same number of Mental Health First Aid Officers as First Aid Officers. More information can be found here on the MHFA Australia website.
  • Contact the Mental Health Station today to discuss ways we can support you in prioritising mental health and wellbeing or to book a Mental Health First Aid training today.

     

Standard Mental Health First Aid - Edition 4

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 

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Edition 4

Mental Health First Aid for Families