Non-Suicidal Self-Injury | Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid
for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Learn how to assist someone who is engaging in self-injury.

An introduction to MHFA for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course is for any interested adult.
You will learn how to assist a person who is engaging in self-injury.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

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What’s the format?

This is a 4-hour course.

Who can attend?

Any adult can attend.

What is the cost?

MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local instructor can confirm their attendance fees.

Why attend a course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.


What the course covers

The term ‘non-suicidal self-injury’ (NSSI) describes a behaviour where a person deliberately or purposefully hurts themselves.
It is used to refer to self-injury that is not intended to result in death.

When we use the term ‘self-injury’ we are specifically excluding painful or damaging behaviours that are socially accepted or ‘sanctioned’ such as tattooing, piercing or other forms of body art, and cultural practices involving injury.

This course gives participants an opportunity to learn how to help someone who is engaging in self-injury.
This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

The course will teach you

Why people engage in self-injury
How to talk to someone about their self-injury
How to help the person stay safe
How to connect someone to appropriate professional help
How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours

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course near you

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