Congratulations to Aboriginal MHFA Instructor Leilani Darwin. At the recent National Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra, Leilani was awarded the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention for a program she has developed called the United Health Education and Learning Program (UHELP) in consultation with the community.
We are thrilled to announce that the World Federation for Mental Health has set the theme for World Mental Health Day 2016 as 'psychological and mental health first aid for all.'
We are grateful for two recent funding announcements for MHFA: the Victorian State Government announced over the weekend that 750 people will be trained in MHFA as part of a relief package for dairy farmers and the Coalition Government today announced that over 3,000 job seekers and 450 school attendance officers will be trained in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA
The Mental Health First Aid International Manual is now available in the shop. This 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. Purchase here
MHFA Australia has been successful in receiving a small grant from the Ian Potter Foundation: www.ianpotter.org.au for the next 12 months to conduct a pilot evaluation of a Junior teen MHFA course for high school students in Years 7-9.
This Guide has been developed through a partnership between mental health consumers and carers, staff of mental health services and community-managed organisations. It reflects the desire of all stakeholders to deliver services in a manner that recognises the expertise of all partners united in a journey towards recovery.
The intended readership of this Guide is the staff of specialist mental health services and of public, private and community-managed organisations.
At long last it's here! The Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students is completed in a blended format, combining eLearning plus a follow-up half day face-to-face session. This course teaches tertiary students how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs.
MHFA Australia in collaboration with researchers from the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and University of Tasmania have developed guidelines on how to provide mental health first aid to a co-worker or an employee.
Here's a great news story via WIN News Canberra on a group of residents in Queanbeyan, ACT who undertook a mental health first aid course. Thhis week, a group of residents in Queanbeyan undertook a mental health first aid course. The concept was created in Canberra and is catching on worldwide, with over twenty countries running the training.