Mental Health First Aid workshop

“Almost half (45%) Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime” (AIHW, 2018).  In line with our Mission and Values, and in support of staff wellbeing, ACU is making a two-day Mental Health First Aid workshop available to staff at our Melbourne and Canberra campuses who want to develop their knowledge about mental illness. Participants will learn about mental illness and how to assist someone who may be developing mental health difficulties or who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Register early to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

What will you gain from attending this workshop?

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness, where and how to get help for those who experience these issues, and what sort of assistance is effective. The program covers information on the steps involved to provide ‘Mental Health First Aid’ which is the help provided to someone in distress until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

Content covered

  • Depression (including suicidal thoughts and behaviours)
  • Anxiety (including panic attacks)
  • Psychosis (including responding to severe psychotic states)
  • Substance misuse (including crisis response to acute effects)
  • Aggressive behavior

Who should attend?

All staff wanting to develop their knowledge about mental illness and gain confidence in supporting others in their workplace, community and personal networks who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

ACU Capability Development Framework

This program aligns to the following ACU Capability Development Framework (CDF) core competencies:

  • Lead ACU’s Mission, Vision and Values
  • Lead Self: Be Responsible and Accountable for Achieving Excellence | Make Informed Decisions

Session details

This workshop requires a minimum of 13 participants and participants must be available to attend both session days.

St Patrick's Campus (Melbourne) 8 November and 15 November 2018 9am - 5pm
Signadou Campus (Canberra) 28 November and 5 December 2018 9am - 5pm

How do I register?

Please register via Staff Connect by 25 October (for the Melbourne workshop) and by 14 November (for the Canberra workshop).

Course Code: Search for ‘Mental Health 1st Aid’ or Course Code 11057.

Further information

Further Information about this program is available here.

Registration enquiries

Please email or phone (03) 9230 3021.

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