A recent report commissioned by the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council found that 25% of Peninsula teenagers suffered from depression, 6% higher than the national average. In response, the shire has listed Youth and teen Mental Health First Aid training as one of seven priority projects in its proposed 2017/18 budget.
"Employers must realise that every $1 invested in strengthening mental health and wellbeing in the workplace has an average return of $2.30", said Burns.
In a recent article on the role of pharmacists in mental health services, community pharmacist Karalyn Huxhagen encouraged pharmacy staff to undertake MHFA. “A pharmacist is a trusted member of the community and we are available often when the GP/mental health care team are not as easy to access. We can provide support, empathy and guidance", said Karalyn.
Whilst people often know a lot about common physical health problems, ignorance of mental health is prevalent. Regular first aid courses are widespread, however most of these courses do not address helping with mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training aims to fill this gap.
MHFA has a network of over 1000 accredited Instructors delivering training in communities and workplaces across Australia . To find a course in your area, use the Course Calendar or Find an Instructor in your area.
Providing flexibility in training, Blended MHFA Courses combine eLearning and a half day of follow-on face-to-face training. Currently available for white-collar workers, tertiary students (free to medical and nursing students). Also available self-paced eLearning only for Pharmacists and Financial Counsellors.
Our intensive week long Instructor Training Courses accredit suitable candidates to become MHFA Instructors who can deliver courses in their community or workplace. MHFA Australia provides ongoing support and professional development to accredited MHFA Instructors.
The Mental Health First Aid International Manual is most relevant to people living in developed countries, which have established mental health care systems equivalent in standard to those in Australia and where the culture could be described as Western. Available now in the shop.