Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) uses evidence-based training to increase mental health literacy and teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
Learn how to support others who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
The course supports people to:
Recognise the symptoms of mental ill health
Provide initial help
Guide the person towards appropriate professional help
Be mindful of their own wellbeing
Provide the foundations for being a workplace champion
This online course is delivered in four half-day sessions. Blended learning combines instructor-led sessions using Zoom-style video classes with self-led learning. Participants receive a workbook, 270 page manual and access to an online learning platform. Our participants love this way of learning!
Sessions 1 & 2
Why Mental Health First Aid?
What is mental health and the impact of mental health issues
Stigma and discrimination
The Mental Health First Aid action plan – how to support others
Introduction to depression
First aid for suicidal crisis and depression
Sessions 3 & 4
Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders, self-harm
Signs, symptoms and how to support others
MHFA action planning
Building a mentally healthy community / workplace
Having completed the course, all participants become qualified Mental Health First Aiders and receive a certificate of attendance and action plan guide.
We also offer this course in the workplace, face to face. Learning takes place through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions. Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan. We limit numbers to 16 people per course so that the instructor can keep people safe and supported while they learn.
How do online courses work?
It's simple to join an online course with mind//shift
Our virtual courses are a combination of four live sessions, each lasting between 2 - 2.5 hrs and independent learning that you do at your own pace, between each session.
Top quality learning materials
Independent learning is a combination of reading, short films and quizzes that you access via an online learning platform. You will also receive a workbook and 270 page reference manual, for use throughout the course.
Friendly live learning sessions
Live learning takes place on Zoom in small groups. This is a friendly, supportive and safe environment to learn more, ask questions and meet fellow learners.