Mental Health First Aid in the workplace
Every year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental illness. That means that every day, millions of Australians go to work while experiencing a mental health problem; the impact of this is enormous, affecting workplace productivity, performance, and employee well-being.
Given that the average Australian worker will spend close to 1/3rd of their lives at work, the workplace is an ideal place for early intervention for mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia training has been identified as one of the key strategies to lessen the impact of mental health problems on productivity and many workplaces use MHFA training as the foundation for their mental health strategy.
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A 2-day course led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor
Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) followed by a 4-hour face-to-face session led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor
Self-paced eLearning component (typically 5-7 hours) followed by 2 x 2.5-hour video conferencing sessions led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor
Your organisation can be recognised for your commitment to Mental Health First Aid through the Skilled Workplace program.
How we help you implement MHFA training
We are here to support you as you introduce MHFA in your workplace. Download our implementation guide for tips and information on how to appoint MHFA Officers and implement MHFA training in your workplace.
The only internationally recognised evidence-based anti-stigma mental health first aid training program for workplaces.
MHFA is based on the well known physical first aid model. This model is well understood in the community and action focussed which helps participants to easily use the skills and knowledge gained in training.
Employees will develop relevant and practical skills that can be used across a variety of situations. Our training is complementary to other programs that are aimed at building awareness of mental health problems in the workplace.
There are face-to-face and blended (eLearning plus face-to-face) options for delivery. Many workplaces also train an employee to become an Accredited Instructor to deliver MHFA – a cost-effective and sustainable option.
Confidence to help
They will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems.
MHFA courses are evidence based and are regularly evaluated and updated.
They will learn the ALGEE action plan and be equipped with the skills to help an individual with a mental health problem.
They can complete a standardised assessment and be recognised as an Accredited MHFAider for 3 years.
People who attend the training can complete an online assessment to be accredited as a Mental Health First Aider.
The accreditation is valid for three years, at which time participants can renew.
Just like appointing physical first aid officers, many organisations choose to appoint accredited Mental Health First Aiders to the role of Mental Health First Aid officer within the workplace.
Mental Health First Aid Officers are appointed and supported to:
- Provide mental health first aid within their worksite
- Escalate any matters in a prompt and appropriate fashion according to relevant organisational policy and procedures.
The MHFA training received universal high praise from participants. We received feedback that the course was “important”, “eye opening” and “very powerful”. People have reported that the training not only improved their understanding of mental distress and how to provide aid, but that it also gave them a better understanding of themselves and they learned skills that are applicable in many situations.
Hail Creek Mine
People are at the core of everything we do. Having a passionate and skilled workforce who feel supported and can support each other is vitally important to our success. (West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority)
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Incredibly valuable, relevant and worthwhile course to do. It has raised awareness and confidence in the staff to be able to have the right conversations at the right time.
Western Australian Symphony Orchestra