Mental Health First Aid

Workshops designed for opening up conversation and breaking down barriers for Workplace Wellbeing through Positive Psychology

Learn how to support the people you care about.

Seeing someone you love or care about struggling with life can be hard. You might have seen someone withdrawing from social activities or cancelling catch-ups.

 

Or maybe someone you know has started to talk about life not being worth living.

 

It’s hard to know how to handle these emotions and finding the right thing to say without making it worse.

 

That’s why I run these workshops. They’re designed to give you the information and skills to help someone you’re concerned about.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is a community-based mental health program that started in Australia and is now being taught worldwide. While there are many medical first aid courses available, there are very few courses designed to support and treat mental health.

 

These comprehensive courses give you information on mental health, break down the stigma attached to it and teach vital skills to help people who have mental health problems.

Who are these courses for?

I usually run these courses for teams working in the public sector and not-for-project organisations. Where there is enough interest I also offer a selection of these courses to the public. You can find out when I‘ll be running these courses by completing the form below. I’ll keep you up to date with all the courses being run.

 

Please note, these courses are not for people who are personally struggling with mental health.

 

Here are the courses I facilitate

STANDARD MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

This course gives you the support and confidence to help an adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received.

 

The course has a total of 12 hours teaching time.

 

The content covers developing mental health problems:

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance abuse problems

  • Psychosis
     

And mental health crisis situations including :

 

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol abuse

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Aggressive behaviours

 

 You can read about the course in more detail on the course flyer.

 

If you’d like to find out more details, or when I’m running the next course, just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

STANDARD MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID REFRESHER

This is for adults who have already completed the Standard Mental Health First Aid course and are looking to refresh their knowledge. By undertaking this course you extend your accreditation for another three years.

 

It’s a 4-hour workshop that gives you the latest research in mental health and works through the core mental health first aid principles.

 

You can read about the course in more detail on the course flyer.

 

If you’d like to find out more details, or when I’m running the next course, just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR THE WORKPLACE

(E-LEARNING AND FACE-TO-FACE)

This course is a blended course that combines 6 hours of e-learning at home or in your office, followed by 4 hours of face-to-face teaching.  It is great for organisations who don’t have the capacity for their employees to attend the standard two-day Standard Mental Health First Aid course.

 

During this course I focus on the mental health first aid skills you need to support your co-workers who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis. The course will enable you to become a Mental Health First Aid Officer for your workplace.

 

During this course we cover the following mental health problems:

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

 

We’ll also cover the following mental health crises:

  • 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

 

If you’d like further details, or want to know when I’m running the next course, just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR THE SUICIDAL PERSON

This is a half-day course for adults who are helping a friend or loved one who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Note: This course is not for people who are recently bereaved by someone who has taken their life or for people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

 

The course teaches you how to:

  • Identify the warning signs for suicide

  • Have a conversation with someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Confidently support a person in crisis
     

You can read about the course in more detail on the course flyer.

If you’d like to find out more details, or when I’m running the next course, just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR THE NON-SUICIDAL PERSON AND SELF-INJURY (SELF-HARM)

This 4-hour course will help you learn the best way to talk to someone who’s engaging in self-harm. The course is based on guidelines developed by people who have experience of mental health problems, and experts in mental health.

 

The course talks about:

 

  • Why people engage in self-injury

  • How to talk to someone about their self-injury

  • How to help the person stay safe

  • How to connect someone to appropriate professional help

  • How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours

 

You can read about the course in more detail on the course flyer.

 

If you’d like to find out more details, or when I’m running the next course just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR GAMBLING PROBLEMS

This is a 4-hour course for any adult interested learning about how to identify, approach and support someone who is experiencing gambling harm.

 

I use a practical, evidence-based action plan and guidelines that have been developed with the expert consensus of people who have experienced mental health problems.

 

You’ll learn:

  • How to approach someone about their gambling problems

  • The risk factors, signs and symptoms and motivations that can underpin a gambling problem

  • How to manage your own self-care when helping someone with gambling problems

 

Note: The course is designed to help you support others, not as a therapy or support group for anyone struggling with gambling problems.

 

You can read about the course in more detail on the course flyer. 

 

If you’d like to find out more details, or when I’m running the next course, just click the button below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

It's time to talk

If you’d like to find out more about any of these courses or how and when you can participate just complete the form below, email me at linda@lindarowley.com.au or call 0427 760 637 and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also visit the Register for a course page to view Mental Health First Aid courses currently on offer. 

 

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, here are some people you can talk to immediately:

Beyond Blue:  1300 22 4636

Lifeline: 13 11 14

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