Mental health first aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

MHFA training has been found to increase a person’s mental health knowledge, attitudes and help-giving.

Why do Mental Health First Aid?

  • Mental health is the third biggest source of disease burden in Australia (2003)
  • Mental health problems are more common that we think
  • There is a high level of stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems
  • Many people do not seek help for mental health problems
  • A person may not realise that they need help or that effective help is available
  • The helper’s action may determine how quickly the person with the problem gets help or recovers

US First Lady, Michelle Obama supports MHFA training!

At the Campaign to Change Direction in Washington, Michelle Obama shared her experience of being trained in MHFA: "I went through some of this [MHFA] training a few weeks ago … and I saw just how useful it is. It really gives you the skills you need to identify and ultimately help someone in need. Because you never know when these kinds of skills might be useful." 

Do you want to attend MHFA training? Here’s how to apply

At HWNS, we provide training for staff who work directly with people we support, in Standard MHFA, concurrently with Mental Health First Aid for People with Intellectual Disability. Participants receive 2 manuals and a range of valuable resources.

MHFA training is recommended for all staff – support workers, managers, Human Resources, Finance staff… fact, it is recommended for everyone!!

House with on Steps Education & Training has 4 accredited trainers across the organisation: Penny Adams, Sandy Ryan, Anna Forster & Jan Lang.

Please contact Education & Training for more information about the training, or complete the Professional Development Request Form and forward to your Manager.

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