Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community and inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common. According to recent studies, 20% of Australian adults experience mental health issues, and only 35% of them receive professional help.
Many people have a lack of knowledge, skills and confidence to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem, including how to approach someone and start a safe conversation.
Mental health problems covered:
- Anxiety problems
- Substance use problems
Mental health crises Situations covered:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
- Sever psychotic states
- Aggressive behaviours
Encouraging early help-seeking is one way to promote a mentally healthy workplace. MHFA covers the following topics:
- What are mental health problems and mental health crisis
- What are the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults
- How to approach them and provide initial help
- What sort of help is proved to be effective
- Where and how to get professional help
- How to provide first aid in a crisis
After the course completion, participants can opt for Mental Health First Aider Accreditation through Mental Health First Aid Australia.