Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
Helping Elf provides the following courses:
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Suicidal Person
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.
What the course covers:
The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, 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
- Eating disorders
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 14 hour course, which can be delivered as either:
A 2-day training package (7 hours per day), OR
As 4 Separate modules (3.5 hours each)
Course participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual and are eligible to take an optional online examination and become an Accredited MHFAider.
What is the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course?
This NEW course is based on MHFA ‘Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours: First Aid Guidelines’. The content is evidence-based, with the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates.
Training consists of 4 hours face-to-face training and course participants receive a Handbook and online Certificate of Completion. This training complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course and the 14-hour Youth MHFA course.
Who can attend?
Any interested adult can attend. This course is not a therapy or support group or a postvention course, rather it is an education course and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it.It is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide.
Participants will lean accurate and up to date Australian suicide data, myths and facts relating to suicide, risk and protective factors and how to support someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour, all within a safe and supportive environment.