Mental Health First Aid is the help in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
Led by a skilled Aboriginal trainer, this specialist course is ideal for anyone working with Aboriginal communities. Integrating a cultural perspective, it explores Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing, mental health problems in indigenous communities and particular strategies for working Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults.
Participants who successfully pass the post-course test will be accredited as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aider for three years, before a half-day refresher is required.
- Understanding mental health, including diagnoses, prevalence and common misconceptions.
- Symptoms and causes of depression, anxiety, psychosis.
- How to provide initial support to adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Crisis First Aid for: suicidal behaviour, panic attacks, aggressive behaviour, self harm, acute psychosis.
- Responding to the effects of traumatic events and drug and alcohol misuse.
This two-day course includes
- Engaging, up-to-date materials.
- Take-home Mental Health First Aid Manual.
- All day catering and beverages – with dietary needs catered for.
- Certificate of attendance.
- Optional post-course assessment and formal accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider, valid for three years.