What is MHFA?

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of a mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.  The help is given until appropriate professional support 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 to be effective based on clinical evidence.

Upcoming Courses:

Thursdays

7+14 January '21

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

SMHFA ONLINE

Sundays

10+17 January '21

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

SMHFA ONLINE

Tuesdays 12+19 January '21

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

SMHFA ONLINE

Why MHFA?

Evidence-based

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Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing Delphi method guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts. All MHFA courses are then evaluated, using rigorous scientific methods, to ensure they are having a positive impact.

International Recognition

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The Mental Health First Aid Program has been recognised with a number of Australian and international awards, including the THeMHS Medal. It has been recognised in the UK as an example of radical efficiency and has been listed in the USA by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on their National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Positive Outcomes

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Increases knowledge of mental health literacy in society.  Increases confidence in providing MHFA.  Decreases stigmatising attitudes in the community and workplace.  Increases awareness about the types of support people need in various environments and situations.  Links people to professional help and certifies people to become MHFaiders.

Community Need

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Around 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Understanding how to talk about mental health and help someone in need are important skills. Many people feel uncomfortable and unprepared when thinking about starting a conversation with someone they are concerned about.

Accreditation for 3 years

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People who attend Mental Health First Aid training can complete an online assessment to be accredited as a Mental Health First Aider. The accreditation is valid for three years. Just like appointing physical first aid officers, many organisations choose to appoint accredited Mental Health First Aiders to the role of Mental Health First Aid officer within the workplace. Mental Health First Aid Officers are appointed and supported to: • Provide mental health first aid within their worksite • Escalate any matters in a prompt and appropriate fashion according to relevant organisational policy and procedures.

Life Skills

At a Mental Health First Aid course, you will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident and able to help. Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

MHFA Courses:

SMHFA

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about the signs and symptoms of common 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

YMHFA

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adolescents experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. Learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in young people, 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

STANDARD REFRESHER

The 4-hour refresher course allow people who have previously completed a Standard Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. The course also offers Accredited MHFAiders an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field, learn the 3 key actions to help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and work through complex mental health first aid interactions.

YOUTH REFRESHER

The 4-hour refresher course allows people who have previously completed a Youth Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. The course also offers Accredited MHFAiders an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years. Participants will gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field, learn the 3 key actions to help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and work through complex mental health first aid interactions.

BLENDED ONLINE COMMUNITY

Blended Mental Health First Aid Courses are an alternate online delivery pathway for our 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course (for adults assisting other adults). Blended Online MHFA Courses include two components: • Course Component 1 A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete) • Course Component 2 An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (2 sessions of 2.5 hours each including set up time).  Community scenarios.

BLENDED ONLINE WORKPLACE

Blended Mental Health First Aid Courses are an alternate online delivery pathway for our 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course (for adults assisting other adults). Blended Online MHFA Courses include two components: • Course Component 1 A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete) • Course Component 2 An Instructor-led component using video-conferencing (2 sessions of 2.5 hours each including set up time).  Workplace scenarios.

Beyond Blue Resources

'A Guide to What Works for Depression' and 'A Guide to What Works for Anxiety' guides were written by Prof. Tony Jorm, Amy Morgan, Nicola Reavley and other researchers from the University of Melbourne and are published by Beyond Blue.

They provide a comprehensive review of treatments for depression and anxiety disorders, including medical, psychological, complementary and lifestyle interventions. These guides are resources to assist people to make informed choices by providing a summary of what the scientific evidence says about each treatment.

The guides are available as in digital PDF files and printed copies via Beyond Blue's website.

A guide to what works for depression PDF free download -
A guide to what works for anxiety PDF free download -

Holistic Therapies

HYPNOTHERAPY

 

Hypnotherapy is effective in easing pain, anxiety, stress and addictions to name a few. Many psychologists use it to help treat clients. In combination with an appropriate form of psychotherapy, it can be very transformative.

 

It involves getting into a relaxed state of focused attention. We do this all the time every single day when driving, reading or even watching TV. When in a focused and relaxed state, we are able to positively influence our minds with suggestions tailored specifically to meet our personal goals.  

 

Hypnotherapy has nothing to do with stage hypnosis and it is not a magic pill that means no effort on the part of the client.  The client is in control of his or her mind throughout the session. You can read more about hypnotherapy by going to the blog section of this site and reading an article titled 'Spotlight on Hypnotherapy.'  

MINDFUL SENSES PROGRAM

 

What is this about?

 

The mindful senses program was created to integrate both physical therapies as well as mindfulness meditation.  Its aim is to bring you to a greater level of awareness towards well-being.  It is not the same as the quit sugar program and is usually delivered in a group setting.  It is a 6-week program and includes:

  • Various forms of mindfulness meditations

  • Mindful movement practice - yoga/walking/dance

  • Coaching tools

  • Submit your interest here

RESOURCE THERAPY 

 

What is this about?

 

Resource Therapy is a form of psychotherapy based on the understanding that the personality is composed of parts.  The part that presents an issue in therapy is seldom the part that needs change. The presenting part is complaining about another personality part.  The Resource Therapist brings the part of the personality that needs change into the conscious, so it can be worked with directly.  This facilitates lasting change.

The power of Resource Therapy lies in its ability to treat long-standing client issues effectively and bringing about significant improvement quickly.  It was developed by Professor Gordon Emmerson as a clinical evolution of his knowledge of Ego State Therapy, cognitive psychology, hypnosis and client experience.  Find out more here.

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Vision:  To connect people to self & others through holistic-based services so that they feel physically well, mentally balanced and spiritually aligned.

Mission:  To promote mental health through MHFA, mindfulness and movement programs as well as holistic-based services for personal development.

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Values:  To become more aware and accepting of self & others through learning, love & service.