Mental Health First Aid in Practice
Good mental health – and the concept of what it means to be mentally healthy – has slowly progressed over time from an ideal to a real-world practicality. Today, people in all areas, across communities, workplaces, and schools, are talking openly and practically about how and why we should look after both our physical and mental well-being.
When thinking about mental health – it’s important to acknowledge the role we play in each other’s lives. As we work to increase awareness of mental health first aid and how to recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of mental illness, we’re also taking on a bigger responsibility to act when we see people around us struggling.
So, what does mental health first aid look like in practice?
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia, offers a range of core and speciality courses, to teach people the skills and confidence needed to take that next step, to act and offer support to people experiencing a mental health problem. The core courses on offer are:
- Standard: for adults supporting other adults
- Youth: for adults supporting teens
- Older Person: for adults supporting older people
- Teen: a peer-to-peer support program for adolescents
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses (Standard and Youth)
Over the last 12 months we’ve worked to collect and curate a range of case studies that showcase how the skills and knowledge learned in MHFA and AMHFA courses are applied in workplaces, schools and universities, and community settings across the country.
October sees us celebrate 21 years since the delivery of the very first MHFA course and as we stop to reflect on where we’ve been, where we find ourselves, and the future of MHFA we wanted to share highlights from some of those case studies, and showcase the impact our courses can have on workplaces and communities more broadly.