Mental health first aid

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. Lifeline Melbourne offers two nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid training courses to members of the public – one to assist adults and one focused on assisting youth.

Standard Mental Health First Aid

Register now for the upcoming course on 8 – 9 May 2018. Cost is $275 per person.  

Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour (two-day) training course that teaches participants how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Course content includes depression, panic attacks, schizophrenia, substance abuse, psychosis, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, traumatic events and self injury. The course, delivered by a certified trainer, equips individuals with:

  • understanding of a range of mental health issues
  • skills in recognising signs of mental health problems
  • skills in responding appropriately and effectively
  • understanding of where and how to get help.

Any adult (18 years and over) interested in increasing their understanding of mental health is welcome to attend an upcoming workshop. All participants receive a Manual and Certificate of Completion.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14-hour (two-day) course for adults working or living with adolescents, those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years. However, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Mental health problems covered in the course content includes depression, eating disorders, psychosis, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders and substance use problems.

Crisis situations covered include suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self injury, traumatic events, aggressive behaviours, panic attacks, severe psychotic states and severe effects from alcohol or other drugs.

Participants will learn about

  • adolescent development
  • the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • how to appropriately and effectively respond
  • where and how to get help
  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course participants receive a copy of the Youth Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Register your interest

To register your interest for upcoming courses in the Melbourne CBD, email lifelinetraining@wesley.org.au or telephone (03) 9666 1204.

We can also deliver these courses onsite to employees of corporate, government and community organisations. For more information, email lifelinetraining@wesley.org.au or telephone (03) 9666 1204.