Mental Health First Aid provides course participants with the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to individuals experiencing mental health concerns.

1 in 5 New Zealanders experience problems with their mental health each year.

If someone injures themselves, you get out your first aid kit. But what do you do if someone has a panic attack or symptoms of depression. Do you have a mental health first aid kit?

You can get the tools to be able to help at the St John Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course.

With the Health and Safety at Work Act defining health as physical and mental health there is more emphasis on managing risks to mental wellbeing and mental health just like any other health and safety risk.

What you’ll gain:

Using a combination of instructor presentations, video, face-to-face scenarios and workshopping, this course has been designed around day-to-day interactions and is ideal for anyone wanting more information to help recognise mental distress and what they can do to help.

MHFA does not teach people to be therapists. It teaches how to recognise the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide a person toward appropriate professional help.

Who should attend:

  • Those who are responsible for staff or interact with the public
  •  Anyone who wants to improve their knowledge around mental health

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop students should be able to:

  • Identify the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Have a basic understanding of the relationship between mental health and mental disorder
  • Identify when a person may be experiencing a mental health crisis
  • Identify strategies for managing a mental health crisis safely
  • Know and be able to use the St John ‘Listen to your HEAD’ action plan
  • Identify agencies who can help and/or know how to get immediate assistance if necessary
  • Understand debrief strategies for self-care including reflective practice.

Duration: 6-8 hours (flexible options are available)

Pre-Requisites: Nil

Assessment of Competence: There is no competency assessment for this course

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