Become a Mental Health First-Aider too!
Mental health concerns in New Zealand are common. Approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. That means that anyone living in New Zealand can expect to have close contact with someone who is struggling with their mental health.
Whilst most people know something about common first aid problems such as cuts and grazes, coughs and colds, sprains and strains, we’re often less equipped to recognize and help with the mental health equivalent.
Regular first aid courses are effective in improving people’s skills and confidence in giving initial aid in a medical emergency. First aiders save lives. Now Mental Health First Aiders are saving lives too!
What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or substance misuse- or who is in a mental health crisis, like panic attacks, self-injury, aggressive behaviour.
Mental health first aid is the response given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crisis resolves.
What will you learn?
The MHFA certificate teaches you how to assist someone who is struggling with their mental health, experiencing distress or in a mental health crisis. You will learn the ALGEE five steps to assisting:
- Approach, assess and assist any crisis
- Listen without judging
- Give support and information
- Encourage relevant professional help
- Encourage other supports
**Please note that this course is not a personal wellbeing workshop, therapy or support group. It is an educational programme equipping you to give mental health first response to those in immediate need.
Mental Illness topics covered:
- Substance misuse
Mental health crisis topics covered:
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
- Panic attacks
- Severe psychotic states
- Severe effects from alcohol or drug misuse
- Aggressive behaviour
- This workshop is for any adult over 18 years
- All courses are currently held in Wellington.
2 day programme includes:
- 12 contact hours (6 each day)
- Comprehensive manual provided
- Mental Health First Aid Certificate valid for 2 years.
Hi, I’m Jody.
I am the accredited provider of this first aid course and the lead facilitator in the room. Check our my blog post to gain more understanding on why i think it’s so important we all feel confident to step up and support someone in need.
What people say about this course !
“This course is a breath of fresh air into New Zealand's dialogue around mental health. It's not just an exchange of information but an immersive learning experience, which I can already imagine applying in my life. Through the interactive workshop elements, I was able to overcome some persistent beliefs about myself and change some beliefs I held about the experience of poor mental health.”Rupert Course participant
"An encouraging and really practical introduction to this complex topic. Learned so much - it's an amazing toolkit for anyone interested in helping and supporting other humans at difficult times - can't recommend it enough"Hannah SmithCourse Participant
“Fantastic course that will be hugely beneficial in my role at work. I feel better equipped to help staff and confident to see a situation right through.”PhilippaCourse Participant
“Although this is a challenging training course because of the subject matter, I believe this would be beneficial for more New Zealanders, whether in organisations or not, to take part in. My 'mental health literacy' was good before but now it has improved exponentially. I feel much more prepared now to handle having conversations with people who may be experiencing mental distress or illness. An invaluable training course! I think the benefits of this will stay with me in my professional and personal life for a long time. Thank you, Jody, for being an excellent facilitator!”Jennifer Young, Jen Y InsightsCourse Participant
“I believe the awareness this MHFA course builds is essential to our humanity at this time. The care, sensitivity and experiential tools that Coliberate offers with this education is exceptional".Emily Whyte RubinCourse Participant
“This was a challenging but superb course which covered a lot of material in a short time frame. It needs to be an integral part of all training programmes in large Corporate entities in NZ.”Judith Course Participant
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