Community | Mental Health First Aid

MHFA in the Community

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
IN THE COMMUNITY

Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. People who experience mental illness come from diverse backgrounds, live in every community, attend local schools, are employed in every workplace and are at different ages and stages of life.

Many people feel uncomfortable and unprepared when thinking about starting a mental health conversation with someone they are concerned about. Understanding how to talk about mental health and having the confidence and knowledge to help someone in need are important skills that any person in the community can learn.

Mental Health First Aid training is the first step

Using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, Mental Health First Aid courses equip people with the knowledge and skills to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, and to confidently provide the correct referral information and support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

People who complete Mental Health First Aid training are everyday people like you and me. People who care about their families, friends, colleagues and their community. People who want to be more aware and knowledgeable about mental health. People who are non-judgemental, show empathy and who are open to providing important mental health information and support to someone in need of assistance when it matters most.

You can help your local community by completing Mental Health First Aid training yourself or by organising Mental Health First Aid training for others in the local community.


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WHY CHOOSE MHFA TRAINING
FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?



Mental Health First Aid courses are thoroughly evaluated and evidence informed, and research has shown that MHFA training is associated with:

KNOWLEDGE

Improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies

CONFIDENCE

Confidence in applying first aid to a person experiencing a mental health problem

STIGMA REDUCTION

Decreases in stigmatising attitudes

INCREASED SUPPORT

Increases in the amount and type of support provided to others

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MHFA COURSES
AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY

Mental Health First Aid Australia has a range of course offerings for different settings and audiences within the community. Course options include core MHFA courses which teach participants the skills to assist specific life age and stage population groups, and specialised courses which address specific mental health situations and crises.

You can select from face to face, blended and online eLearning course delivery options, depending on your community’s needs.

Please note that as a result of social distancing measures in place nationally, small group public face-to-face Mental Health First Aid courses are currently available in some States and Territories.

Click below to see an overview of all MHFA courses and begin your MHFA training journey.

MHFA COURSES

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HOW CAN WE HELP YOU
IMPLEMENT MHFA TRAINING IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

There are a number of factors which can help ensure that MHFA training is successfully and sustainably implemented and embedded within communities. Each community is unique, and our MHFA Community Engagement Team is available to support community members and organisations to plan and deliver MHFA training in a coordinated way.

Get in touch with the Community Engagement Team by emailing community@mhfa.com.au for support and guidance on your community’s MHFA training journey.

COVID-19
AND THE COMMUNITY

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it many challenges on a national and global scale, including significant adverse effects on the mental health of many of our community members. COVID-19 has also presented a unique opportunity for communities to rethink the ways we can stay connected, and keep each other feeling safe and supported.

In response to COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid Australia has recently released new 100% online versions of our evidence-based courses for workplaces and the general community.

Click below to learn more about our 100% online courses, and access a suite of helpful COVID-19 health and mental health resources.

BUSHFIRE AFFECTED
COMMUNITIES

Australia’s recent unprecedented bushfire season affected, and is continuing to affect, the mental health of many communities. MHFA Australia is able to provide information and guidance to bushfire affected communities on how to increase access to Mental Health First Aid training in local areas.

If you are planning to rollout MHFA training in a bushfire affected community, or would like more information on training options and pathways, please get in touch with the Community Engagement Team at community@mhfa.com.au to discuss how MHFA Australia can support you.

You can also access the MHFA Australia guidelines for a person affected by the bushfire crisis below:


MHFA GUIDELINES

BE RECOGNISED AS A CHAMPION COMMUNITY

The Mental Health First Aid Champion Communities Program supports and recognises local government areas across Australia for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training. Click below to find out more about the Program, how your community can be recognised, and get inspired by our currently recognised MHFA Champion Communities.



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CONTACT US
FOR SUPPORT

Mental Health First Aid Australia is here to help communities to coordinate and implement Mental Health First Aid training within their local area.

We encourage you to contact us for support and guidance about planning, training coordination or delivery at any stage

The Mental Health First Aid Community Engagement Team can be contacted at:
community@mhfa.com.au
+61 3 9079 0200