Mental Health First Aid - 2 Day course

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Banyo Library

Upstairs Meeting Room

284 Saint Vincents Road

Banyo, QLD 4014


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It’s easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking or can’t breathe.

But what does depression look like?

Or anxiety?

What would you say to a person you thought may be contemplating suicide?

How can you help someone experiencing a panic attack?

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Learn how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family members, co-workers and other adults.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis using a practical, evidence based Action Plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

What is covered in the course?

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective

Mental health conditions covered

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Who is running the course?

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. This is a standardised course developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia, and has been customised by accredited MHFA Instructor Julie Gillespie to incorporate relevant examples and local information.

Julie is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid as she has a background of living with depression on and off for the past 20 years. She is also a business woman that has felt the need to be high-functioning through these events, she knows what it’s like to suffer. Julie is bringing MHFA to you as someone who could have done with your help, support and connection along the way.

What is the course format?

This is a 12 hour course run over two full days, 6 hours per day plus breaks.

  • Saturday 22nd June 2019 from 11am – 6pm AND
  • Sunday 23rd June from 9am – 4pm

Where is this course being held?

This 2 day course wil be held in the upstairs meeting room at Banyo Library. Details will be sent with your order confirmation.

Who can attend?

Anyone over the age of 18 that has an interest can attend.

What is the cost?

The cost of the full two days is $279 per person. This include the 12 hour training package, a participant manual and materials, morning and afternoon tea. The training is provided in the wonderful Gallery Walk with plenty of local cafes in which to have lunch.

Why should I attend a course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided.

Can I get Accredited as a MHFA Officer?

Yes! Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become Accredited as a MHFA Officer for 3 years.

How do I register?

Simply follow the link to register and make payment. If you would like to avoid the Eventbrite processing fee, please reserve your space with a free ticket and email for direct transfer details. Payment must be received within 48 hours or the ticket will be re-released.

Who do I contact for further details?

Email Julie Gillespie of at

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Upstairs Meeting Room

284 Saint Vincents Road

Banyo, QLD 4014


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