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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