Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are a suite of internationally acclaimed and evidence-based, accredited training programs that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis such as being suicidal.
The Mental Health First Aid course is based on population health and is rigorously researched, both in terms of the content that is included in the course and evaluations of its effectiveness.
It draws on research that shows the important role family and friends have in recognising the changes in emotions and behaviours that may signal a developing mental health problem and take action to prevent the problem worsening.
Training in Mental Health First Aid is conducted during 12 hours, divided into 4 half-day sessions. It includes theory, reflection exercises, case exercises, group work and films. At the Faculty of Medicine, the training is held by university teachers, study counselors and/or the psychological counselor, who have all trained as instructors in the method.
1:1 Mental illness and Mental Health First Aid
1:2 Depression - symtoms, risk factors and interventions
2:1 Depression - First aid action plan for depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviour
2:2 Anxiety problems - symtoms, risk factors and interventions
3:1 Anxiety problems - First aid action plan for anxiety problems, panic attacks and traumatic events
3:2 Psychosis - symtoms, risk factors and interventions
4:1 Psychosis - First aid action plan for psychosis and violent behaviour
4:2 Substance related disorders - First aid action plan for substance related disorders