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The Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness, experiencing the worsening of a mental health illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines. 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.
Developing mental health problems covered:
• Anxiety problems
• Eating Disorders
• Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered:
• 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
• Aggressive behaviours