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Mental health first aid is just as important as physical first aid.

in fact, Mental health first aid training is modelled on the same principles as physical first aid training.

Your mental health training questions answered …

What is Mental Health First Aid Training?

Mental health first aid is the help you give to someone developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Mental health first aid training provides the knowledge about mental illnesses, treatments and first aid actions, and the practical skills to be able to help those in need.

Mental health first aid is just as important as physical first aid. Mental health first aid training is modelled on the same principles as physical first aid training.

Why is mental health training (including Mental Health First Aid training) important?

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness.

Mental ill health costs Australian workplaces $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $6.1 billion in presenteeism (reduced productivity) and $146 million in compensation claims each year.

Only 22% of full-time workers with signs of common mental illness receive treatment for their mental health problems.

We spend a lot of time at work, so we’re likely to notice when something isn’t right with a work mate.

A mental health first aider has the practical skills to help, has learned how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem and can help them access the support they might need.

Having dedicated mental health first aiders in your organisation can encourage people to seek help before problems escalate and can help reduce the stigma around mental health.

Data source: Mental Health First Aid Australia

What are the benefits of Mental Health First Aid Training?

Completing a Mental Health First Aid course provides participants with the skills and knowledge required to help others who may be developing a mental health issue, having a worsening of a mental health issue, or be in crisis.

Mental Health First Aid training helps:

  • improve knowledge of mental illnesses, treatments and first aid actions.
  • increase confidence in providing first aid.
  • reduce stigma around mental health issues.
  • increases the support provided to others.

How will my business benefit from mental health training?

Businesses that care about good mental health and wellbeing attract and keep staff.

Mentally healthy workplaces are more positive and productive, and get the best out of their team.

The benefits also extend far beyond the workplace, with mental health first aiders able to support family and friends.

Is Mental Health First Aid Training accredited?

Yes. The two-day Mental Health First Aid course participants can become an Accredited Mental Health First Aiders by completing an online assessment post-course.

Who should do Mental Health First Aid Training or mental health awareness training?

Mental Health First Aid Training is not just for managers or human resources staff. Yes, managers/supervisors have a responsibility to their teams and there are some people who are naturally drawn to offering support to others, but anyone with an interest in mental health and helping others should look into completing mental health training.

Mental health training is also recommended for people who work in roles which traditionally support others – think social workers, counsellors, teachers, lecturers, police officers, youth workers, health care professionals, accountants and financial advisors, and lawyers.

The more informed we are about mental health, including how to talk openly about it and offer support, the more likely it is that people will seek help before problems escalate.

Learning more and talking more also helps reduce the stigma around mental health.

We’ve become better at talking about our mental health. Access to training, information and online resources has definitely helped, but we need to keep going.

The benefits of doing so are wide-ranging, extending from the workplace, to our family and friends.

Is there a one-day mental health training option?

Mental Strides has developed a new one-day mental health workshop. As part of this workshop, participants learn more about the stressors which affect our mental health, how to recognise when someone they know may be struggling, where to get support, how to look after themselves (and others), and the importance of selfcare.

Supported by practical and engaging exercises, the workshop can be run for groups of up to 20 participants and includes a workbook to reinforce learnings.

Organisations or communities looking to go one step further can schedule the two-day Mental Health First Aid Course.

Can Mental Strides tailor training for my business?

Definitely. Our specialised training team can work with your organisation to develop targeted mental health training to suit your workforce needs.

Our bullying and harassment, drug and alcohol awareness, and youth mental health workshops are examples of training solutions developed by our team to meet identified client needs.

Is mental health training available for school students?

Youth mental health is the focus of our one-day mental health workshop for high schools.

Developed for students from Year 10 and above, the workshop is full of practical and engaging exercises which reinforce the importance of looking after our mental health.

Students learn more about the stressors which affect our mental health, how to recognise when someone they know may be struggling, where to get support, how to look after themselves (and others), and the importance of selfcare. The workshop can be run for groups of up to 40 students.

If your child is heading into senior school, or you’re teaching senior students, this would be an ideal workshop for your school or P & F program. Email info@mentalstrides.com.au or call Engel on 0451 945 545 for more information.

Does Mental Strides run community Mental Health First Aid training?

We can definitely deliver training in your community. This option works really well when you have either community demand or a community driver to generate demand. It also works well when you have a group of small businesses or community organisations, or an established local organisation (such as a Chamber of Commerce, Men’s Shed, CWA, Community Resources Centre or similar) which is happy to coordinate promotion and registrations at the local level.

We’re always happy to chat and provide advice to help you get started and can provide flyers and social media posts/articles to help you promote your Mental Strides community mental health training.

Does Mental Strides provide mental health training for the mining sector?

Mental Strides has mental health training programs tailored specifically to organisations with a fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in-drive-out (DIDO) workforce.

We know the challenges associated with working remotely, including how the mental health of individual workers and organisational culture can be impacted.

Our programs include a variety of training opportunities to ensure a good balance of mental health awareness, education, and skills is achieved throughout the workforce.

If you know anyone who works in the mining, exploration, construction, or transport industry, please share this information with them, or contact us for a copy of our FIFO/DIDO Workforce brochure.

I need regional mental health training – can Mental Strides help?

Absolutely. Mental Strides has delivered mental health training across Western Australia, for large corporations, the health sector and community groups.

We bring 20 years’ of experience working with metropolitan, rural and remote local governments and communities across Western Australia.

Contact Engel on 0451 945 545 or email info@mentalstrides.com.au to talk about your regional training needs.

Who delivers our Mental Health First Aid training and mental health workshops?

Engel Prendergast is our Mental Health Consultant and trainer.

Engel is an accredited Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK Instructor, and Lifeline Crisis Supporter and Mentor. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), Diploma of Counselling, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

With extensive experience in training and facilitation, and more than 20 years working with local governments, communities, and organisations to help them achieve common goals, Engel provides a welcoming environment that fosters learning and ownership.

Where can I find reputable mental health information and resources?

If you are seeking news, information or resources about mental health, there are a number of leading organisations you can bookmark, like or follow online. Many also have resources available for download.

In a medical or mental health emergency, call 000 or 112 on a mobile phone.

The more informed we are about mental health, including how to talk openly about it and offer support, the more likely it is that people will seek help before problems escalate.

Learning more and talking more also helps reduce the stigma around mental health.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach people simple, practical first aid skills for helping a family member, friend, co-worker or other person who is experiencing mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid Australia.

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