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Mental Health First Aid






Workshops available:

Standard Mental Health First Aid Course – 2 days

Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Course – 10 – 12 hours online 

Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury – 4 hours

Engaging Leaders – MHFA in the workplace – 2 hours

Corporate Groups – We can come to you!
Contact Michelle on 0424 007972 to arrange for the Mental Health First Aid Courses to be delivered at your workplace.
Groups of 10 or more can be catered for at Pathways or at your venue.
Standard MHFA Format: 12 hour course may be delivered over 2 days (6 hours each day) or spread over 4 shorter days (3 hours).
Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Course: Component 1: Self paced online 5 – 7 hours followed by Component 2: Online with facilitator 5 hours
Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Format: 4 hour course may be delivered over 1 day or across 2 shorter sessions.
Engaging Leaders Format: Delivered over 2 hours.

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course (over two days) which is open to the general public. Just like regular first aid it gives you the skills to support someone until they get professional help or the crisis resolves.

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.

This course has been widely evaluated in research trials conducted by MHFA Australia and independent organisations. These evaluations consistently show that participants who complete the course have improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

Claim CPD Points

Most professionals can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions.

What the Course Covers

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, 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 are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • 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

Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self injury is a 4 hour course that will teach you how to identify, approach and support someone who is engaging in self-injury by using a practical, evidence based Action Plan. You will also have the opportunity to practise your new skills in a safe environment.

The term ‘non-suicidal self injury’ (NSSI) describes a behaviour where a person deliberately or purposefully hurts themselves. It is used to refer to self-injury that is not intended to result in death.

 What you will learn?
• Why people engage in self-injury
• How to talk to someone about their self-injury
• How to help the person stay safe
• How to connect someone to appropriate professional help

• How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

MHFA Engaging Leaders This 2 hour workshop will help leaders, decision makers and influencers understand the benefits that MHFA can offer in helping to create mentally healthy workplaces. This course contains information about how leaders can support their employees who may be experiencing a mental health problem.
What will you learn?
• An understanding of mental health problems in the workplace.
• How to recognise the signs in an employee who may be developing a mental health problem.
• How Mental Health First Aid can help in the workplace.

Attendee feedback:
Michelle was extremely engaging and very approachable. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of mental health and transferred her knowledge to us very well.
I found Michelle to be very educated in the content of this course. Michelle was very engaging and allowed the class to blossom in the knowledge presented and gave us the confidence in our abilities to be able to assist in those times of crisis.
Michelle Hall communicated the content very skillfully and in ways that allowed me to learn deeply and remember clearly the important features of mental health first aide. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it to others.
I found it very insightful and will recommend to other school principals. It should be offered to every teacher on their PFD, to be able to use the correct language with their colleagues, parents, students and wider community.
I will be taking this back to management with the plan to encourage them to have more staff complete this course. I believe more people should be doing this course, its very valuable.