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Mental Health First Aid

Make a difference, become a Mental Health First Aider!
17 OCT 2019
10.00 AM - 2.30 PM
USQ Springfield with online pre-work

Registering gives you access to both the self-paced eLearning (6-8 hours for online modules); and the face-to-face workshop (4.5 hours). Once registered you will be emailed a unique voucher code and information on how to access the eLearning component. You need both components to become accredited.

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. USQ offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently certified by MHFA Australia. After attending this workshop participants can complete a quiz to become an Accredited First Aider which is valid for 3 years and is recognized nationally.

This version of the course is tailored for tertiary students. USQ also offers the Standard 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. Please email for details and offerings.

This training includes discussion about anxiety, depression, suicide, eating disorders, psychosis and substance use disorders, however, this is not a therapy group.

What will I learn?

  • How to approach someone about their mental health.
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
  • Effective types of support and treatment options.
  • How to connect people to support and where to get help when you are helping someone.
  • How to respond if you are worried someone may be suicidal.

What does the course cover?

The course teaches tertiary students how to assist a fellow student who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. However course participants will learn mental health first aid skills that can be applied to help any adult. Course content is tailored to the student setting using case-studies, videos and local resources.

1) The eLearning is interactive, self-paced component that presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. Allow for at least 6-8 hours to complete.

2) The face-to-face workshop component is designed to be delivered AFTER participants have completed the eLearning. The focus is on the revision of knowledge and application of skills learnt in the eLearning component, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Examine issues pertinent to mental health problems in the student population in more depth.
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules.
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios.