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Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Community Course

The Blended Online MHFA Community Course has been adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults.

In this informative and practical course, you 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 students in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of community/public course students.

This course is blended, which means that there will be two components:

  • Course Component 1 – an online self-paced component that will take 5-7 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 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviour

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Course Component 2 –Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) follows the completion of Course Component 1 – eLearning. Course Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect ‘a where to from now’ in using mental health first aid skills
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Both course components of the course are to be completed within a 3-month period.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is adapted from the current Australian Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. Course specific content, health system information and resources related to the provision of Mental Health First Aid within Australia.

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.