Innovation 18 April 2018

Mental Health First Aid

ACE is now fully accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid.

This 12-hour Course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family and co-workers.

You will learn a practical framework, how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Additional you will develop skills around how to recognise the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health challenges addressed in the course:
• Depression
• Anxiety problems
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations addressed in the course:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
• Severe psychotic states
• Aggressive behaviours

Importantly the MHFA course gives you the knowledge to deliver mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.


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