First Aid is the help provided to a person with physical injuries before professional treatment is received. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

In the corporate setting, a workplace that promotes and supports good mental health will be high performing through a good team morale and individual productivity. The principles of Mental Health First Aid can be applied to create a culture of understanding and positive interactions between employees on a day-to-day basis, and will assist in reducing the stigma for staff members who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.

In a general setting, it is also critical for people who work directly with customers and members of the public as part of their roles to have strategies to support people who are experiencing a mental health issue or crisis. The skills learned as part of Mental Health First Aid can be applied in a wide range of settings, is particularly beneficial for educators, community workers and health providers, and is very useful in dealing with disputes or complaints.

The skills learned in Mental Health First Aid are also useful in everyday life, when supporting partners, family members and friends.

The Accoras Mental Health First Aid courses provide participants with an opportunity to hear case studies and share their experiences and questions. Participants will leave equipped with the confidence and skills to support students, colleagues, customers and family members in need, with a strong understanding of the positive outcomes which can occur when Mental Health First Aid is applied.

For more information about upcoming Mental Health First Aid courses, please visit our Events and Workshops page.