Community Services

Short Course Mental Health First Aid & Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid course is a 2 day workshop that teaches mental health first aid strategies to organisations or members of the public.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

Mental Health First Aid courses can provide members of the community with:

  • Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
  • Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems;
  • Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available;
  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem;
  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.

Mental Health First Aid for people with Intellectual Disability is relevant for family/carers, friends, support staff and allied health professionals, as it addresses the above with a specific focus on intellectual disability.

Dates and Times

Mental Health First Aid

SOUTH
Clarence Campus – 9am to 4.30pm

  • 3 & 4 July 2018
  • 1 & 2 August 2018
  • 18 & 19 September 2018
  • 13 & 14 November 2018

NORTH
Wellington Square, Launceston
Minimum of 10 people required

Day course: 9am to 4pm –  2 Days

  • 13 & 14 August 2018
  • 16 & 23 October 2018

Evening Course: 5.30pm to 9pm –  4 Evenings

  • 4, 11, 18 & 23 September 2018

NORTHWEST
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (offered via Community Services NW) – 2 days

Devonport Campus
Minimum of 10 people required
9.15am to 4.15pm

  • Tuesday, 11 September & Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Burnie Campus
Minimum of 10 people required
9.15am to 4.15pm

  • Tuesday 16 & 23 October 2018

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis:

Developing mental health problems

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Devonport Campus
Minimum of 10 people required
9am to 5pm

  • Thursday, 2 & 9 August 2018
  • Tuesday, 30 October & 6 November 2018

Burnie Campus
Minimum of 10 people required
9am to 5pm

  • Wednesday, 22 & 29 August 2018
  • Tuesday, 13 & 20 November 2018

Cost

2018:  $200 (programs can be negotiated for single employer groups)

Pre-requisites

Students must be 18 years or older.

Outcome

Participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid manual and certificate on successful completion of the two (2) day course.

Attendees who successfully complete the online assessment will also receive a three year accreditation certificate as a Mental Health First Aider.

The MHFA course is also accredited for 12 CPD points for allied health professions.

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