With one in five Australians diagnosed with a mental health illness in any given year, it is time that together in our workplaces, in our gyms/studios + recreational facilities and in the home we have the knowledge, skills and tools to play a role in reducing stigma and supporting those who live with mental illness.

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 until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, 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.

Mental health problems 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.

    Note: This course is not a therapy or a support group.

MHFA courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts. Once developed, courses are evaluated to assess the outcomes.

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Movement for mental health is for fitness professionals who are interested in learning how to coach clients who live with depression/anxiety and have been prescribed exercise by a mental health professional to help them on their journey to recovery. The information covered in this course will help fitness professionals confidently coach and guide clients to use exercise as a tool to reduce symptoms, reconnect to self, get to the heart of goal setting and move to feel better.

Upon successful completion, participants will:

  • Understand the signs, symptoms and different types of depression and anxiety.

  • Learn how to interpret referrals from mental health professionals

  • Understand how to create strong relationships with mental health professionals

  • Understand the benefits of exercise for clients living with depression and anxiety, to help them in their journey to recovery

  • Understand the scope of practice when working with clients living with mental illness

  • Identify risks and when to refer a client

  • Learn how to create meaningful connection and build rapport to best serve the client

  • Learn how to put together a creative program that empowers the client based on initial consultation

Fitness Australia - 3 CECs* / REPs NZ – 3 CPDs (*valid until 11/12/2020)