Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention.
These numbers would indicate that acute hospitals, aged care services, and medical practices would have clients presenting with mental illness that require support and diagnosis - but a large number of these services do not employ mental health trained staff.
There will also be a number of staff in the workplace who will also experience a mental illness in the next 12 months and your service will need to have the resources to identify those that may need support and ongoing assistance.
In the workplace Mental Health First Aid works the same as physical first aid - most organisations are training a number of key personnel to become Workplace Mental Health First Aiders who can identify, support, and assist their clients and colleagues during initial diagnosis and in times of crises.
The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach Nurses and other Health Care Professionals how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate mental health services can be accessed, or the crisis resolves.
The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.
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, identify appropriate mental health services to refer to, 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:
- Anxiety problems
- 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
Testimonials from our last course:
"Anyone working in the Health industry would benefit from this course but then anyone and everyone could also. People are suffering all around us. To have a deeper understanding of Mental Health is of great benefit."
"I went looking for more skills and knowledge and got that"
"I found the two days very useful and thought provoking. I will certainly think about my approach to unwell clients in the future."
"Well worthwhile course to attend. Valuable information for application in any area of life - whether practical or with interpersonal and social relationships."
Claim CPD Hours:
The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for Nurses by:
Australian Pharmacy Council
Standard MHFA course - Accreditation number: CX17134 This activity has been accredited for 12 hours
College of Mental Health Nurses
Successful completion of the Standard Mental Health First Aid course earns 12 CMHN continuing professional education (CPE) points.
Australian College of Midwives
12 CPD Points has been approved for midwives who complete this activity.
Australian College of Nurses (ACN)
This training course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 12 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 12 CPD hours.
What the Course Covers:
This is a 12-hour course, will be delivered as a 2-day training package.
In this session you will:
- Gain skills to offer initial support to adults developing a mental health problem
- Gain skills to assist individuals with a worsening mental health problem
- Gain skills to assist an individual in a mental health crisis
- Explore the use of these skills in your current clinical practice
Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion as evidence of their continuing CPD requirements.
Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.
Who can Attend:
Any interested Nurse can attend.
- This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give mental health first aid support to others.
- Numbers to this course are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.
The Destination: Bundaberg
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DAY 1: 29 November 2018 | 0830 - 1630
0830 - 0900: Seminar registration and time for a cuppa
All delegates are required to attend the seminar registration session in order to collect their seminar pack & confirm registration details to ensure the correct issuing of their CPD certificate.
0900 - 1030: Introduction to Mental Illness and Treatments
1030 - 1100: Morning Tea
1100 - 1300: The MHFA Action Plan and Depression
1300 - 1330: Lunch is served
1330 - 1630: Crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour and non-suicidal self-injury and Signs, symptoms, and interventions for anxiety disorders - Afternoon tea will be served during this session
DAY 2: 30 November 2018 | 0800 - 1515
0800 - 0930: Crisis first aid for panic attacks inclusive of exposure to a traumatic event
0930 - 0945: Morning Tea
0945 - 1145: Signs, symptoms, and interventions for Psychosis
1145 - 1315: Lunch is served
1315 - 1515: Crisis first aid for severe psychotic states. Signs, symptoms, and interventions for substance use disorders - Afternoon tea will be served during this session