About Mental Health First!
Have you ever fallen down and really appreciated someone coming over and offering basic first aid to you? It might have been just a little graze, that doesn't matter. A little cut that isn't cleaned up and bandaged is susceptible to infection and deterioration to health and healing. In much the same way, little wounds to our minds can occur. They may be based on biology, cultural beliefs, traumatic events or psycho-social reasons to name a few. When they occur, wouldn't it be nice if someone came up to you to offer some assistance? The earlier the help is offered, the better the prospect for a faster recovery. Mental Health First aims to promote services and programs which include Mental Health First Aid, mindfulness meditation and other holistic-based therapies so that we not only help ourselves but also help our friends and families too.
Mental Health First Aid Courses
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course covers:
Developing mental health problems
Psychosis and substance use problems
Suicide and other mental health crises
Participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA manual and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider. The accreditation is valid for three years after which a short refresher course can be taken. There are different MHFA courses available to suit organisations' and individuals' aims. These include the standard adult MHFA, youth MHFA, teen MHFA, older person MHFA, gambling MHFA, suicidal behaviours MHFA and Non-Suicidal Self Injury MHFA to name a few.
For upcoming courses, click here.
Mindfulness meditation has been used by clinicians to ease anxiety, depression, stress and even PTSD for decades. At its core, it is about becoming more aware of self, thoughts, behaviour and the present moment. There are various forms of mindfulness meditation including breath, walking, sitting and sound. Its aims are to:
improve control over emotions
calm overwhelming thoughts
help redirect past or future thoughts to the present experience
become aware of habitual thinking patterns to prompt change
facilitate better responses (to situations) rather than unhelpful reactions
For class timetable, click here.
Scheduled for 2020