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Wellness

 

Mental Health First Aid

An accredited course to support your staff

 

Why is MHFA important?

 

1 in 5 Australians will experience mental illness this year

Mental health issues cost employers around $11 billion a year.

Whilst people often know a lot about common physical health problems, there is widespread ignorance of mental health. Regular first aid courses are recognised as improving the public's skills in giving initial and appropriate help at medical emergencies but, unfortunately, most of these courses do not address helping with mental health problems. However, mental health problems are common. In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. In light of this, all members of the community can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness.

 

 

 

 

We pay a price for not understanding mental illness. Lack of knowledge and stigmatising attitudes about mental illness may prevent people from seeking help early, seeking the best sort of help and also providing appropriate support to colleagues and family members. Mental health literacy can be improved through the MHFA courses . Staff feel more compassionate and confident in working alongside or supervising staff who are experiencing a mental illness.

 

Research shows that these benefits are sustained over time.  Studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training alongside decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

 

 

 

Return on your Investment:  For every dollar spent investing in effectiv

e actions such as MHFA training, workplaces can generate a ROI of 2.3 in terms of reduced presenteeism, absenteeism and compensation claims.  

 

 

 

The MHFA suite:

  1. MHFA for Adults: The 12-hour accredited Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. For white-collar workers this accredited course can be offered online with a 4-hour in-house training follow-up.
  2. MHFA for the Suicidal Person is a 4 hour interactive workshop which raises suicide awareness and how to respond in the form of a very practical 3 Step plan. 
  3. MHFA for Young People: If you staff work with or support young people (12-25 years old) then the Youth Mental Health First Aid course might be most appropriate. This is a 14 hour course covering key mental health issues impacting young people in particular. 

Your staff will:

  • learn to recognise changes in emotion, thinking and behaviour that might point to a mental health issue
  • feel more confident in reaching out to colleagues they are concerned about 
  • support staff in their return to work or ongoing ability to stay at work with empathy and awareness
  • encourage staff  with a mental illness to seek professional help

Topics covered:
Depression, anxiety, substance misuse, eating disorders and the associated crises (suicidality, panic attacks, trauma and psychosis).