Mental Health First Aid for Workplaces

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Training staff in First Aid is commonplace in workplaces, but what about Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)? 

In Australia,

  • 1 in 5 people suffer a mental health issue each year.
  • More than six million working days are lost every year due to mental illness.
  • It’s estimated that businesses lose $10.9 billion annually through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims as a result of untreated mental health problems.

Employees can play an active role in supporting their co-workers who may be developing a mental health issue.  While there is a growing recognition from workplaces of the impact of mental health problems, not enough is being done to increase the skills and mental health literacy of employees to respond appropriately when circumstance dictates.

Prepare your workers today by enrolling in one of our accredited MHFA courses.

Based on MHFA guidelines, this internationally recognised course will equip staff with the necessary skills to respond to a colleague in crisis or detect the early signs and symptoms of a mental health problem.  As well as improving knowledge and confidence, this training reduces unhelpful stigmatising attitudes that can prevent people seeking help early.  These skills are beneficial inside and outside the workplace.

To provide options for workplaces our training is flexible, taking the form of either 12-hours face-to-face, or a blended format (6- hours eLearning plus a 3.5-hour face-to-face session).

Our facilitators are accredited MHFA instructors with extensive practical experience in delivering programs and training in the mental health area.  They also have a background in occupational health and safety, risk and injury management and understand how to practically apply strategies within organisations to manage mental health issues and mitigate risk.

Here’s what some clients have said about this course:

‘I was booked into it by management and was not 100% sure what the course was going to cover.  It was very good and so worthwhile.’

‘Loved the engaging activities!’

‘Very informative.  Good environment to interact and pass on points of view.’

Here’s what some clients have said about Out Doors’ facilitators:

‘Dave was very calm and focused on the delivery of the material.  Previous experiences he mentioned were interesting during discussions.’

‘Mo was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about Mental Health First Aid and providing support to others in general.’

To discuss course options and dates contact us on 03 9417 2111 or mhfa@outdoorsinc.org.au.