Opportunity to learn Mental Health First Aid

by Aaron Delaporte

UPDATE- A small number of positions are still available.

Bowls WA in conjunction with Lifeline WA are giving members of the bowls fraternity the opportunity to receive Mental Health First Aid training.

A two day / 12 hour course is being offered at $170 a head on February 10 & 12 2021 at Bassendean Bowling Club. This course is limited in numbers, expressions of interest will close on Wednesday January 27th 2021. Once accepted registration fees must be paid prior to the event and include morning tea and lunch on both days.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Mental health problems covered
• Depression
• Anxiety problems
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe psychotic states
• Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
• Aggressive behaviours.

Note: This course is not a therapy or a support group.

Where?
Bassendean Bowling Club – 10 Whitfield Street Bassendean

When?
Wednesday February 10 and Friday February 12 2021, 9am-4:30pm each day.

Introduction to Mental Health First Aid Courses
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.

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.

What is covered in an MHFA course?
Learn to recognise common mental health problems, how to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, and how to respond in a crisis situation. During the course, participants have the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe environment. Note: This is an education course designed to teach people the skills to give first aid to others, it is not a therapy or support group.

Why attend an MHFA course?
Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided.

Who can attend this course?
Any adult can attend.

How do I sign up?
Register your expression of interest below

Mental Health First Aid Training - Expressions of Interest

Mental Health First Aid Training - Expressions of Interest