Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid
14 hours - 2 day workshop
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course (AMHFA) curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the AMHFA Guidelines.
Research has found this course to be effective. Specifically, a study found that the program is culturally appropriate, that it empowers Aboriginal people and that it provides information that is highly relevant in assisting Aboriginal people with a mental illness.
This course teaches you how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
What does the course cover?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health problems in communities and mental health first aid strategies for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Developing mental health problems covered are: Depression, anxiety problems, psychosis, substance use problems and eating disorders.
Mental health crisis situations covered are: Suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm), panic attacks, traumatic events, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours.