Introductory Mental Health Training

Mental Health Awareness Training

Mental Health Awareness Training focusses on improving communication skills for staff working in local government, community support, and health agencies and/or other specialist service organisations. The course is beneficial to those staff who have occasional or ongoing contact with people with a mental illness. On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the major mental illnesses, the history of treatment and stigma and how these impact on people's lives,
  • implement effective communication skills in working with clients who are experiencing distress,
  • understand the impact of alcohol and other drugs on mental illness,
  • assist people with mental illness to identify or access support or assistance,
  • identify key parts of the mental health service system that can assist.
Mental Health First Aid Training

Developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener AM and Professor Tony Jorm, Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

  • Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems,
  • how to provide initial help,
  • where and how to get professional help,
  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and
  • how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Participants will receive a copy of the Mental Health First Aid Manual and a certificate of attendance.

For more information on this introductory mental health training contact David Macguire – Manager, Education and Training on 03 9519 7000.