May 5, 2017

On the 20th & 21st of March, the Latrobe Valley Authority undertook Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training at Lifeline Gippsland. Given the LVA deal with people affected by the tough times our community is going through, they wanted to be prepared in the event someone presents with mental health issues.

Mental health is fast becoming a growing issue in our society and Lifeline Gippsland’s delivery of MHFA can benefit anyone. Many people in our community don’t know how to help a friend, family member or work colleague with a mental health disorder or someone who is at risk of developing depression.

Using a variety of learning experiences, MHFA teaches adults to provide initial support to those experiencing a mental health crisis or those developing a mental health illness. As with a typical first aider, the role is to initially offer support and then assist the person to seek professional help.

Lifeline Gippsland’s delivery of MHFA has been well-evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours.
The course is 12 hours in duration, or four modules of three hours.
Participants will learn:
• signs and symptoms of mental health problems (Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis and Substance Use Disorder)
• which crises may arise within these mental health problems (e.g. suicide, panic attacks, aggressive behaviour and gambling)
• where and how to get help
• what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective
Lifeline Gippsland is running a 2-day MHFA workshop at its premises on the corner of Church & Fleming Streets on the 20th & 21st of July. Call us on 5136 3500 to register or visist our website