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Mental Health Seminar Series

Mental Health Assist

Just as CPR helps with assisting a person having a heart attack, Mental Health Assist helps an employee experiencing a mental health related problem or crisis.  Our program is well researched and founded on international guidelines on the best strategies for assisting a person in need.   These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from across the globe.

For HR & OHS Managers

Mental Health Assist is an extension of the concept of first aid which is familiar with physical health crises to cover mental health.  While first aid for physical health crises is a familiar notion to many, traditional first aid training has not generally incorporated mental health problems.

Mental Health Assist trains participants to apply mental health first aid approaches and to support employees experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.  Topics, include:

  • Acute stress and burnout
  • Anxiety, including panic attacks
  • Depression, including bipolar disorder
  • Substance use disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviours
  • Acute psychosis (e.g. hallucinations or delusions)
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Reaction to a traumatic event


The program also offers participants the chance to conduct reasonable adjustments which comply with legislative requirements, as well as workplace strategies which promote a culture of positive mental health so that they can act as role models and ensure others have an open and understanding attitude to mental illness in the workplace.  Participants are given a Mental Health First Aid Starter Kit containing the range of first aid guidelines and a library of support resources.

Recommended duration:  1.5 days

Number of participants:  12

Audience:  Human resource professionals, safety managers, injury managers, OH&S managers, senior managers.

If you are interested in finding out more about our Mental Health Assist program please click here.

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