Mental Health First Aid Course

On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August, Lennox Head’s first Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at the Lennox Community Centre.

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 is in a mental health crisis.

Participants in this course will learn skills and gain confidence to assist friends, family and co-workers experiencing mental health problems, including signs and symptoms, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

The course includes:
• 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course
• Topics covering depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems, as well as suicide and other mental health crises
• A copy of the Standard MHFA manual
• Eligibility to become an accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

The Mental Health First Aid course will be held at Lennox Community Centre on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

Registration is essential and costs $330. Limited places available. For more information visit communityspaces.com.au

‘As we now know, one in three people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime,’ said Mr Trent Chapman, Mental Health First Aid Australia’s Course Co-facilitator.

‘So it has become the responsibility of everyone in the community to educate, empower, and support ourselves and each other,’ explained Mr Chapman.

The Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) is part of a community mental health education program that has spread worldwide. Over half a million Australians have now completed MHFA training since it began in 2001. MHFA courses are open to all members of the community aged 18 years and above.

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