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Blended Online Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Community Course

The Blended Online AMHFA Community course is a 2-component course that has been adapted from the Standard MHFA (SMHFA) course for people 18 years and over. This course has been developed to support information about providing mental health first aid, and undertaking self-care being provided into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This course, is specifically targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • Have good English literacy.
  • Have some mental health literacy.
  • Are willing to do some independent reading, 7 hours of online learning, and the completion of required assessments.

In this informative and practical course, participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan. Mental health first aid skills learnt by participants in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources.

The course has been developed in response to COVID-19 and is blended, which means there are two course components:

  • Course Component 1 – an online self-paced component that will take 7 hours
  • Course Component 2 – two facilitator-led interactive session running for 2.5 hours (5 hours in total)

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a bit different to our usual classes, so please only enrol if you know you will be able to complete both components of the course. We will be phoning each student who enrols to talk you through what is involved. If you would like to discuss the requirements prior to enrolment, please contact us.

Please also note that the content of this course may be distressing for some students. We encourage you to be aware of this and to have support or self-care strategies in mind when completing the course content.

 

Course Component 1 – A self-paced eLearning component (takes 7 hours to complete). All required resources including an AMFA Course Manual for participants are supplied online during the eLearning.

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing & Mental health problems in the community
  • Definitions of Mental health problems, Mental illness & Mental Health First Aid
  • Prevalence, signs and symptoms, crisis situations, ALGEE Action Plan and treatment and supports for:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychosis
    • Substance use problems

Course Component 2 – An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (5-hour face to face session, including breaks and set up time).

  • Revision of the eLearning content
  • Clarification of any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • The MHFA Action Plan & Mental Health Crisis
  • AMHFA Crisis Action Plan – Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts, behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Application of ALGEE for mental health problems and overcoming barrier to support seeking
  • Self-care

Eligibility Criteria

This course is adapted from the current Australian Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. It has been developed to support information about providing mental health first aid, and undertaking self-care being provided into Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This course, is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Course participants are required to be Australian residents and over the age of 18.

This training is an accredited course by Mental Health First Aid Australia. On the completion of the course, 2 attempts are given for the online testing component, required to receive your accreditation. No obligation will be held by the trainer/s if applicant is unsuccessful in the online testing component at the end of the course.

 

Important! Before you enrol: We are required to provide our services to people who live/work/study or provide services in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) area. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check Who can attend recovery college. If your address is outside of WSLHD area but you study or provide services within the Western Sydney LHD, please ensure you respond to the relevant question on the enrolment form to explain your connection to the area.