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Mental Health
Training

Accredited and short courses and workshops

Why Mental Health Training is so important

Psychological injuries are becoming the most significant risk for workplaces and a growing concern for employers. With approximately 20% of Australian adults experiencing a common mental illness each year, supporting the wellbeing of employees is vitally important.

Every dollar spent on mental health at work returned between $2.30 to $5.70 to the organisation (Public Administration returned $5.70)

– Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The facts are clear

As well as benefiting employees, a mentally healthy workplace is also better for your bottom line.

Mental Health training increases mental health literacy and teaches the practical skills needed to support someone experiencing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Completing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training courses will help participants to develop the skills to support co-workers, family and friends, developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a mental health crisis, and make a real difference in their workplace and community.

Accredited training

This MHFA training is accredited with Mental Health First Aid Australia and provides participants with a Certificate of Accreditation or Certificate of Completion, which is valid for 3 years. This qualification can enable the appointment of an employee as a Mental Health First Aid Officer/ First Aider in the workplace.

Workplaces who invest in the mental health of their workplace may also be eligible for recognition and certification from the MHFA Skilled Workplace Program.

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What Mental Health Training is on Offer?

We offer two options for the delivery of Mental Health First Aid training; Face-to-face and online, nationwide. We also offer short courses and workshops as part of our Workplace Wellbeing Programs – take a look here.

The Blended MHFA training course includes self-directed e-learning and either live virtual classes or face to face training.  

The self-directed e-learning takes approximately 5-7 hours to complete and is a requirement of both the Blended Online and Blended Face to Face.  

The Blended Online option consists of the live virtual classes conducted via Zoom, in 2 sessions, over 2 days. Each session is 2.5 hours in length, for a total of 5 hours.  This follows the completion of the self-directed e-learning component.  

The Blended Face to Face option consists of a 4 hour face to face training session.  This follows the completion of the self-directed e-learning component.  

Face-to-face Standard MHFA training is conducted over 12 hours. It can be delivered in the workplace either over 2 full days, or 4 half days dependent on your workplace needs.

Refresher courses are available for individuals that have completed a full 2-day Mental Health First Aid face-to-face course or a Blended or Blended Online Mental Health First Aid course, followed by the completion of an accreditation assessment within the last 3 years.

These courses enable accredited Mental Health First Aiders to revise their knowledge and skills, and to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

Refresher courses currently available include:

Face-to-face
  • 4-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course
Online
  • 5-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

This refresher course provides an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard
Mental Health First Aid Course.

You will:
  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
  • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
  • Practice mental health first aid skills.

Engaging Leaders will help leaders, decision makers and influencers understand the benefits that MHFA can offer in helping to create mentally healthy workplaces. This course engages leadership and contains information about how leaders can support their employees who may be experiencing a mental health problem.

Format:

  • 90 minutes
  • Face to Face or Online

What will you learn?

  • An understanding of mental health problems in the workplace.
  • How to recognise the signs in an employee who may be developing a mental health problem.
  • How Mental Health First Aid can help in the workplace.

Who should attend this course?

This course is best suited to leaders, decision makers, and influencers within organisations.

Contact us about a tailored program for your workplace.

This Mental Health Awareness workshop is developed for all staff and covers common mental health issues, the similarities between physical illness and mental illness and potential impacts at work, and possible interventions for depression and anxiety. In raising awareness of mental health, it enables the development of confidence in supporting colleagues with appropriate approaches and assisting work colleagues to get the right support.

Format:

  • Half day
  • Face to Face or Online

What will you learn?

  • Overview of the common mental health issues
  • Understand the similarities between physical illness and mental illness and potential impacts at work
  • Review and consider possible interventions for depression and anxiety
  • Develop confidence in supporting colleagues
  • How to assist a work colleague get the right support

Who should attend this course?

All Staff – in groups of up to 20 per session.

Contact us about a tailored program for your workplace.

Learn practical skills to improve your confidence to provide mental health first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal.

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid Conversations about Suicide course is for any interested adult.

You will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge required to safely have a conversation with a person who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Format:

  • Half day
  • Face to Face

Learn how to assist someone who is engaging in self-injury.

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course is for any interested adult.

You will learn how to assist a person who is engaging in self-injury.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Format:

  • Half day
  • Face to Face

Upcoming Courses

Book into an upcoming course or contact us for a tailored course for your organisation:

Michelle predominately delivers courses for workplaces/organisations
though may from time to time deliver public courses.
Contact us for a tailored course for your organisation or to talk about a public course.

Your instructor

MHFA training is conducted by licensed instructor Michelle McFadyen. She is an experienced trainer and presenter with an engaging presence and has over 25 years’ experience presenting and working in both the public and private sectors in regional, rural and remote areas with a particular interest in delivering MHFA training to organisations.

Michelle predominantly presents MHFA in workplace settings across a range of organisations including in the local government sector and periodically conducts public MHFA courses. Michelle is able to present around Australia, including in regional, rural and remote areas.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business and is a qualified Counsellor. She also holds a Diploma in Positive Psychology and is a trained Mediator and Conflict Management Coach (Cinergy® Model).

Ready to organise Mental Health training? Make contact to start the conversation.

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