This 12-hour mental health first aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Mental health problems that are covered in this course are:
- substance abuse problems.
Mental health crisis situations that are covered in this course are:
- suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes referred to as deliberate self-harm)
- panic attacks
- traumatic events
- severe effects of drug or alcohol use
- severe pyschotic states
- aggressive behaviours.
All mental health first aid courses use the MHFA action plan ALGEE.