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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g. the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. The ORS Group offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

It makes good business sense! 1 in 5 Australians will have a mental health problem in any given year.

Course Content

The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Mental health crises covered:

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

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course Format

12-hour Standard MHFA Course
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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.

14-hour Youth MHFA Course
The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adolescents who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Blended Delivery MHFA Course
The Blended Delivery Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is a combination of online (e-Learning) and a half day of follow on face to face training

To see our upcoming courses, click here.

For more information please contact us on 1800 000 677 or email training@orsgroup.com.au