Talking About Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA
Equips adults with the knowledge, skills and confidence to recognise, understand and respond and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
Recognise the warning signs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may be engaging in
Learn the skills to have an open, supportive conversation about non-suicidal self-injury with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person.
RESPOND IN A CRISIS
Respond to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who may be engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
Reduce stigma and shame and increase supports for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
The Talking About Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course teaches participants how to provide initial support to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who may be engaging in non-suicidal self-injury, until professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Using a practical, evidence-based action plans, course participants learn how to approach someone they are concerned about and initiate a conversation about those concerns. Participants also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage the person to seek professional help, and cultural and other supports.
This course has been developed and reviewed in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The course ensures participants are grounded in social and emotional well-being from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective, equipping them with the skills to provide mental health first aid in a culturally safe and informed way.
Licensed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Instructors delivering this course draw upon their own unique and instrumental local cultural knowledge, to enrich the content and enable culturally informed and safe delivery. Our courses can be tailored to specific local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, including cultural consideration, protocols and yarn ups.
This course is recognised by Suicide Prevention Australia as a safe, high-quality, and effective suicide prevention program. Learn more.
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Evidence-based: All Mental Health First Aid courses are based on guidelines that are informed by people with lived experience, their caregivers, and mental health professionals.
Rigorously evaluated: Evaluations consistently show that Mental Health First Aid training improves participants’ knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, and confidence in providing mental health first aid to individuals.
Skills-based: Teaches the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a difference.
Internationally recognised: Over 6 million people trained in Mental Health First Aid across 25 countries.
Culturally appropriate & effective: Research has found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid courses to be culturally appropriate and effective.
The learning outcomes for this course are based on cultural knowledge and understanding for adults supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Recognise the signs that indicate someone may be engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
- Know how to have a supportive conversation with someone who is engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
- Understand cultural concepts and considerations, from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective.
- Use an evidence-based action plan to initiate a mental health first aid conversation.
- Know how to recognise signs of and provide initial support to someone who may be at risk of suicide.
- Know the barriers to help seeking and how to overcome these.
- Gain an understanding of the evidence-based, local and cultural supports and resources available to someone engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
- Apply self-care practices as a Mental Health First Aider.
This course is suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous individuals, workplaces of all sizes, and volunteer and community-based groups.
Any adult (aged 18+) can attend.
- Participants in this course will learn how to apply mental health first aid to an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.
- The course considers local perspectives and experiences and utilises lived-experience stories and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photography, film, and artworks. This representation matters and leads to better outcomes for those participating in training and the people they go on to support.
Duration & Format
The 5-hour course is delivered face-to-face.
All sessions are led by an MHFA trained and Licensed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Instructor.
There is no accreditation for this course.
The Instructor has a very relaxed delivery approach which assists in consuming such a heavy topic. She is also respectful and makes you feel comfortable to ask any question or make any comment.
An excellent workshop that was very culturally appropriate for Indigenous people. The Instructor was amazing – she knew the content well. Totally enjoyed the workshop.
Great workshop, we need more in our community that are funded.