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Mental Health Training, Lifeline Gippsand

Mental Health First Aid

With mental health becoming an increasing issue in our society, Lifeline Gippsland’s Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training 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 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 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 or counselling.

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. These evaluations have been carried out in a workplace and community setting.

The course is 12 hours in duration, or four modules of three hours.

Training covers the following mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance use disorder
  • Bipolar disorder

Training covers the following crisis situations:

  • Suicidal behaviours
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Panic attacks
  • Acute psychotic behaviour

Participants will learn:

  • signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • where and how to get help
  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective

Contact Lifeline Gippsland for more information. Also, check out other courses we offer in counselling, suicide prevention, crisis intervention and corporate training, or look into one of the many ways you can become a volunteer with us.