The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course is based on our revised Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours. This course was launched on World Mental Health Day October 10th 2016. Check with your local Instructor to see whether they are planning to deliver this course.
What the Course Covers
Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English speaking developed countries. Learning outcomes of the course include:
- Understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context.
- Reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Practicing these skills in a safe environment.
Please note that the MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. The MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a therapy or a support group and it is important that people undertaking the course are feeling relatively robust when they undertake it. Specific postvention support services can be found at the beyondblue website.
This course consists of 4-hours of face-to-face training.
Course participants receive a Handbook to keep and receive a digital Certificate of Completion when they submit online feedback.
Who can attend a course
Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal. The course complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course, Blended MHFA Courses and the 14-hour Youth MHFA course.
Finding a course
MHFA does not centrally coordinate courses. Contact any of the MHFA for Suicidal Persons Accredited Instructors listed on the Instructor page to arrange a course in your area. Instructors also advertise their courses at our course calendar. Most instructors are willing to travel but need expenses covered.
Your local instructor can inform you of their individual fees.