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Mental Health First Aid

Make a difference, become a Mental Health First Aider!
12 NOV 2019
9.10 AM - 1.45 PM
McGregor College, USQ Toowoomba with online pre-work
06 Nov
5.00 PM
Evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA instructors are offered for FREE to enrolled USQ students through a Student Amenities Fee funded project. MHFA training teaches how to approach and assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem, or a mental health crisis using a practical action plan.

USQ offers MHFA training for enrolled USQ students in two formats:
• Standard MHFA – 12 hours over 2 days, face to face workshop
• Blended MHFA – 6-8 hours eLearning followed by 4.5 hour workshop

Completion of either format, plus a post-course online assessment, enable the participant to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider, which is nationally recognized and valid for 3 years.

Blended MHFA training will be delivered in Toowoomba on:
• 12 November 2019, McGregor College Heathwood Room


About 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year.
Learn how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family members, co-workers and other adults. This course is based on guidelines developed through an expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems; people who care for them; and mental health professionals.

Learn practical first aid skills:
• Recognise common mental health problems
• Provide initial help using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan
• Engage appropriate professional help, and
• Respond in a crisis situation
Mental health problems covered:
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Eating Disorders
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems
Mental health crisis covered:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Traumatic events
• Severe psychotic states
• Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
• Aggressive behaviours

NOTE: This course is not a therapy or support group.

Why attend a MHFA course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies. It is associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided. The course interactively develops communications skills which can increase a participant’s confidence in providing first aid to individuals showing signs of ill health.

Who can attend this course?

All students over the age of 18 years are encouraged to attend.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE for current USQ students because it is a Student Amenities Fee Funded Project.