Mental Health First Aid

Breaking down the barriers around Mental Health in the workplace.

Healthy organisations are powered by healthy people.

For staff to function at their best, they need healthy environments and practices to support them – especially during challenging times.  

With one in five Australians impacted by mental illness each year, it is becoming increasingly important for organisations to upskill their staff and create environments that promote support for mental health in the workplace.

This means having the skills to recognise the signs of mental illness and provide the right support to a friend or co-worker when they need it most. Given that most Australians will spend close to one third of their lives at work, it is an ideal place for early intervention for mental health problems.

I have an extensive list of qualifications (click here to view them all if you love learning like me!) – and over the past six years, I have trained extensively to become a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Principal Master Instructor - through Mental Health First Aid Australia - a national not-for-profit organisation that is focused on mental health training and research.

What is Mental Health First Aid in the workplace?

Much like a physical first aid course, Mental Health First Aid courses teach you how to give emotional and mental support to others when they may need it most.

 

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a mental health program that started in Australia and is now being taught worldwide. Over 900,000 Australians have completed a MHFA course, with 4,500 courses run in Australia each year. 

The comprehensive courses give you and your teams information on mental health, break down the stigma surrounding it, and teach vital skills to help people that may be struggling at work. 

MHFA has been proven to lessen the impact of mental health problems on productivity within the workplace, with many organisations using MHFA trainers as the foundation for their organisational mental health strategy.

Why is it important? 

The importance of physical first aid is widely accepted and promoted within our community. Organisations are mandated to have employees that are trained and qualified in providing first aid within the workplace. However, mental health problems may still be an awkward conversation for some, or even a taboo subject, with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) not widely recognised.

With the instance of mental illness on the rise and the recent release of the Commonwealth Government’s National Blueprint for Healthy Workplaces, it is vital that you and your teams undertake training to develop the necessary skills to recognise the signs of mental health problems within your network – and I can help!

What will we learn?

All courses will equip participants with:

 

Confidence to help

Learn the skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems. 

Action plans

Learn the widely recognised action plan for mental health first aid (ALGEE) and be equipped with the skills to help an individual appropriately.

 

Accreditation

Participants can complete a standardised assessment and be recognised as an Accredited MHFAider for three years.

AVAILABLE COURSES

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. This course can also be used within the workplace for staff that have daily interaction with customers and clients. This course focuses more on individual scenarios, rather than broader workplace processes and procedures.

This 12-hour Mental Health First Aid training course can be delivered in 1 of 2 ways and is run at different times of the year:

  • 12 hour Face-to-Face

Usually delivered over 2 x 6hr consecutive days, but it can also be spread out over a week.

  • Blended Online Community MHFA 

Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) + 2 x 2.5 hour instructor led video conferencing sessions - usually held one week apart. 

The content covers developing mental health problems in adults: 

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance abuse problems

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

The aim of this course is to learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults in the workplace. Course content includes how to reach out and provide initial help, where and how to get professional help and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis-situation. 

The content of this course is tailored for the workplace – with specific scenarios and exercises used that will equip participants to help colleagues, clients and other workplace contacts.

This 12-hour Mental Health First Aid training course can be delivered in 1 of 2 ways and is run at different times of the year:

  • Blended Online + Face-to-Face

Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) + 4 hour face-to-face session.

  • Blended Online 

Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) + 2 x 2.5 hour instructor led video conferencing sessions.

All courses use evidence-based action plans and cover:

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Psychosis 

  • Substance-abuse problems

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Aggressive behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Everyone has a role to play – in looking after their own mental health and in shaping their organisational response towards mentally healthy workplaces. 

This course is being run on the 1st and 2nd December. Please click the link below to register for this course.

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.

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 that are currently open for bookings. 

 

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

Beyond Blue  1300 22 4636

Lifeline 13 11 14