MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
HOW TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE DEVELOPING A MENTAL ILLNESS OR EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
"All the officers who have so far taken part in this training have been hugely positive about it and have stated it was training they wish they had done earlier in their police careers as it is so relevant to their day to day jobs. They have also been very impressed with the way in which the training is conducted and the learning environment created by Ben HIGGS and the Rise Foundation."
Sergeant Adam Dyer, Moranbah Police, QLD
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:
Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
Severe psychotic states
This is a 12-hour course, which can be delivered as either:
A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), OR
As 4 separate training modules (3 hours each)
Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.
"Ben recently delivered mental health first aid training to just over 100 of our leaders at FlexiGroup.
Not only did Ben receive positive feedback from attendees – we actually have people from across our organisation who didn’t attend the training asking when he is coming back again and if they can be waitlisted for future training!
Ben delivered very challenging content in a way that was practical and respectful. Our staff found that Ben’s authenticity created a safe space for them to ask questions and take the time to really understand the content. The conversations around some really difficult issues meant that we came away from the two-day course with a much better understanding of how we can help the people around us.
The most positive result was that after the training, we saw that our staff had greater confidence in knowing how to identify when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis and to be comfortable that they know the right questions to ask"
- Jane Miskell, Head of Human Resources, Flexi Group