What is mental health first aid and why is it so important?
Most of us are in contact or close proximity to a person or persons experiencing mental illness, possibly without even realising it. Real Response training will equip you with mental health first aid training for assisting friends, family and colleagues who need help, whether they are suffering anxiety disorders, affective mood disorders, substance use disorders or other mental illnesses.
Mental illness can be challenging and debilitating, impacting a person’s emotions, behaviour, thinking, motivation and personal interactions. Australia’s largest cities are huge metropolises, and it’s not surprising that some people fall through welfare cracks and are forced to struggle alone in fighting mental health complications. These can include isolation, poor health, unemployment and other detrimental states. Mental Health First Aid training is the answer, with Real Response at the forefront of change.
What will I learn in a mental health first aid course?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) techniques are incredibly easy to learn. You will learn how to understand the signs and symptoms of mental illness, provide initial support to adults and younger people, assist those who are developing mental health issues, and respond to situations where a person is suffering a full-blown mental health crisis situation.
Developing mental health problems:
- Substance use
Mental health crisis situations:
- Panic attacks
- Traumatic events
- Aggressive behaviours
- Severe psychotic states
- Severe effects of alcohol or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Non-suicidal self-injury or self-harm
How do I learn mental health first aid?
Mental Health First Aid training programs have been developed in consultation with mental health professionals and other industry experts. Real Response course facilitators and instructors are among the best in the business, transforming novice students into capable emergency responders literally overnight. This evidence-based course follows international MHFA guidelines.
Useful techniques for supporting a person developing a mental illness are covered, along with intervention methods proven to assist persons experiencing a life-threatening mental health crisis. The mental health first aid action plan delivered by Real Response will show you when, where how and what to do for administering effective mental health first aid.
When mental health first aid is required.
Where to get professional assistance.
How to provide first aid when dealing with a crisis situation.
What type of assistance is proven to be effective.
How long is a mental health first aid course?
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Sydney is spread over 2 days of enlivening training. On course completion you will be a nationally accredited mental health first aider with qualifications lasting 3 years. The number of capabilities learnt in a short space of time shows just how easy the techniques are to pick up under the tutelage of highly experienced and qualified instructors.
At Real Response, the knowledge and skillset becomes deeply embedded thanks to simulation based training methods that engender realistic emergency response. We complement desk-bound learning with hands-on experience where practice makes perfect and course graduates are ready to face any emergency the moment training is complete.
How do I book a mental health first aid course?
Real Response is dedicated to providing all Australians with the opportunity to undertake first aid training, including mental health first aid training. We offer courses at our Sydney headquarters located at Level 3, 50 York St, Sydney, along with public mental health courses at convenient-to-reach locations around the city and suburbs. Contact Real Response online or over the phone for more information about essential upcoming first aid training courses near you.