Whether we are at home, work, school or out in our communities, we may notice a change in someone’s mood, behaviour, interactions or the way they are talking. These signs can alert us to the fact that a person is experiencing symptoms of a mental health problem. Recognising these signs is of course important, but it’s what we do next that can have the biggest impact.
Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA®) provides a practical response for intervention. It provides the real-world tool kit needed to take action to support a person who may be developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis in a meaningful way. MHFA training embeds the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer this support. The cornerstone of this training is the ALGEE Action Plan.
What does ALGEE stand for?
ALGEE is a short and memorable mnemonic to remind us of the 5 key actions of a Mental Health First Aid Action Plan:
A – Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
L – Listen and communicate non-judgementally
G – Give support and information
E – Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
E – Encourage other supports
Something isn’t right – what next?
Let’s examine ALGEE: reminding ourselves of these steps each time we support someone, can be helpful. It provides an evidence–based, applicable way to offer support in almost any environment.
Try to remember that ALGEE is designed to be flexible and practical. The way you apply the model can be fluid. You will learn this in Mental Health First Aid Training.
Conversations about Suicide Course
The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid Conversations about Suicide course is for any interested adult. You will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge required to safely have a conversation with a person experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
Talking about Suicide Course
Talking about Suicide is a 5 hour course that teaches people how to support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.