A series of Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) courses are available to teach individuals how to support people who are experiencing mental health problems.
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA guidelines, which were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals.
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
There are two two-day courses coming up in Cairns:
- A 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family and co-workers on 17 and 18 February 2018, 8:30am - 4pm (both days)
- A 14-hour AMHFA Course teaches Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adults (18 years and over) how to provide Mental Health First Aid to friends and family on 10 and 11 February 2018, 8:30am - 4pm (both days)
Both courses will be held at Health Reimagined, 8/104 Grafton St, Cairns.