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Mental Health First Aid

Make a difference, become an accredited Mental Health First Aider!
24 - 25 SEP 2019
9.00 AM - 5.00 PM
G414B, USQ Toowoomba
19 Sep
5.00 PM
Mental Health First Aid Training will be delivered in Toowoomba in a face to face workshop format for two separate full days. Attendance on both days is compulsory.
• DAY 1: Wednesday 24th September 2019, 9am – 5pm
• DAY 2: Thursday 25th September 2019, 9am – 5pm

About 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year.
Mental Health First Aid (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, evidence-based action plan. Completion of the course and 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.

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
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems
Mental health crisis covered:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury
• Panic attacks
• 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.

What is the format?
Standard MHFA is a 12 hour course, delivered as a 2-day training package.
Attendance on BOTH days is compulsory.

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.