Mental Health First Aid
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid 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.
A version of the standard course is also available for people working or living with people with an Intellectual Disability.
What the Course Covers
Course participants learn:
- about 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 problems covered:
- Anxiety problems
- Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered:
- 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
This is a 12-hour course, which can be delivered as either:
- A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), OR
- As 4 separate training modules (3 hours each)