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Mental Health First Aid training

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According to research, approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year, while almost half of the population will experience a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. The IEA is committed to supporting educators and is pleased to provide this opportunity.

When, where, and book tickets

Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October 2019
9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Education Development Centre
4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh

Tickets $265.00 **

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What will I learn?

Completing a Standard Mental Health First Aid course* can help you develop the skills to support someone developing a mental health problem, worsening of an existing mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. 

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course is for adults assisting other adults and is suitable for educators looking to support a work colleague, family member or friend.
 
This two day course will teach you how to: 

  • recognise the cluster of symptoms of different illnesses and mental health crises
  • offer and provide initial help
  • guide a person towards appropriate treatments and other supportive help

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Psychosis 
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

The training is 12 hours in total and consists of two full day sessions, with morning tea and lunch provided. Attendance is required at both days to receive a certificate of completion or accreditation.

Melissa Sherman will be facilitating the training. Melissa works at the SACE Board and is an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor. In providing training programs Melissa draws on over 20 years’ experience in education, counselling, project management and human resources. She holds a number of volunteer roles in the mental health and disability sector. Melissa is currently completing her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), has a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, a Bachelor of Secondary Education (Business Studies) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

This workshop is limited to 16 participants to enable in-depth discussion and a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

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Contact and further information

Questions? Contact Melissa Sherman, the workshop facilitator.

The IEA is committed to supporting educators and is pleased to provide this opportunity. Like to hear about upcoming events, contact the IEA Team

*The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking countries with developed health systems about first aid applicable to a range of developing mental disorders and mental health crisis situations.

**Includes MHFA manual.

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