THE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID BLOG

For more than 20 years Mental Health First Aid® Australia has been working to improve the mental health literacy of Australians. We do this through our early-intervention, skills-based Mental Health First Aid (MHFA™) courses and by providing resources, including articles, written to inform and address the many myths and misunderstandings that exist when it comes to mental health.

Covering a wide range of current and topical issues and taking a closer look at some of the common types of mental health problems, our articles are the perfect way to enhance your knowledge and understanding.

Take a look at what’s currently available.

IMPROVING MEN’S WELL-BEING
AND RESILIENCE

In this article, we acknowledge the factors that affect men’s mental health and well-being. Positive mental, emotional and social well-being are vital elements of overall health, yet many men don’t practice adequate self-care or get support when needed. 

CULTURAL CONTEXT MATTERS –  ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

In this article, we explore the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Program and the courses within it, and explains the factors that set Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA training apart.

WOMEN AND MENTAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN

For this International Women’s Day, we take a look at the different issues that can affect women throughout their lifespan – from childhood and adolescence, through to adulthood and into old age.

The Mental Health First Aid Action Plan, or ‘ALGEE’, underpins every successful mental health first aid conversation. This article is dedicated to explaining each of the 5 steps, why they are needed, together with useful tips for real world action.

EXPLORING THE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID ACTION PLAN

LOOKING OUT FOR THOSE NOT COPING

Depression reportedly affects 1 in 10 Australians every year. Given its prevalence, it is likely that you will work, live, study, play sport or socialise with someone who is experiencing depression. In this article, you will learn more about what workplaces, schools and community groups can do to actively support people with depression and other common mental health problems.

One of the simplest ways that we can make a difference is to look out for one another. This means knowing the signs that may indicate that someone at home, work, school or in our community, is not coping. In this article, we look at both the additional issues that we are dealing with during this pandemic, the signs to look out for and the practical steps to follow if you do notice the signs of a mental health problem or crisis. 

RECOGNISING THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS DURING THE PANDEMIC

EMPOWERING YOUTH  – MHFA TEEN COURSE

Mental health remains a key concern for the wellbeing and development of all young people. Read how Teen MHFA courses equip young people with the knowledge and skills to deliver peer-to-peer support, and can also promote self-awareness around mental health topics, to encourage self-care and help seeking.

Continual learning ensures enables our network of trained MHFAiders to maintain their knowledge, build on their skills, and boost their confidence. In this artcile, learn why MHFA Refresher Courses are so important, and which course you’re eligible for.

MHFA REFRESHER COURSES

6 MOST COMMON MENTAL HEALTH MYTHS

In this article, we tackle 6 common myths and misconceptions about mental health problems. Through positive conversations that promote facts and truth, and which dispel myths and misinformation, we can all be part of a positive change. 

Learning to talk safely about suicide can be helpful to you and those around you and your words and actions can save a life. In this article we break down how to recognise the signs and how you can help.

HOW TO TALK ABOUT SUICIDE 

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID – 21 YEARS STRONG

This article charts the growth of MHFA over the last two decades, from humble beginnings and the delivery of the very first community course in 2000 by founders Betty Kitchener and Tony Jorm, through to the licensing of MHFA programs throughout 26 countries.

This article showcases how the learnings and skills learned in our core courses are being implemented and embedded in schools, universities, and community settings across Australia.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID IN PRACTICE 

WORDS MATTER – COMPASSIONATE LANGUAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH 

In our latest article, we take a look at the importance of using language that is respectful and inclusive.

National NAIDOC Week is a time for Australians from all walks of life to come together and acknowledge the rich, long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, heritage and achievements.

HEALING COUNTRY – NAIDOC WEEK

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

In theory, we all know the things we are meant to do to keep ourselves fit and physically healthy, and with so much advice on these topics, it can be difficult knowing which advice to follow.

UNDERSTANDING PANIC ATTACKS

Whether you have or haven’t experienced a panic attack, you can learn to recognise a panic attack in someone else, and provide them with the support they need.

TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION

We all feel down and experience changes in our moods from time to time, but depression is complex and serious.

SUPPORTING SOMEONE WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER

Bipolar disorder is a serious long-term mental illness and the support a person needs may vary depending on their diagnosis, treatments, situation and mood.

WOMEN, WELLBEING & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

We take a moment to acknowledge the needs of women, and celebrate their strengths; as caregivers and individuals who may be experiencing mental health problems. 

GETTING ON WITH IT

With the pandemic far from over and incremental shifts towards a ‘new normal’, maintaining mentally healthy workplaces will require some attention and flexibility.

TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME EFFECTIVELY

Tips for overcoming the challenges of working from home as this practuce becomes more common across the world. 

Schizophrenia is arguably one of the most misunderstood yet relatively common mental illnesses. It is estimated to affect approximately 1 in 100 Australians. While we are all familiar with the term, do we know what the illness really is?

SCHIZOPHRENIA – OFFERING SUPPORT AND OVERCOMING BARRIERS

WHY CHOOSE MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

We all see friends, family or a co-worker go through rough times, but sometimes what we’re witnessing is a developing mental health problem, or a mental health crisis.

In preparation for these times, we can learn to provide what’s known as ‘mental health first aid’ which is the help provided until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

4,000,000+

OVER 4 MILLION PEOPLE TRAINED GLOBALLY 

Evidence Based

COURSES EVALUATED USING RIGOROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES 

NEARLY 1 MILLION AUSTRALIANS HAVE COMPLETED OUR COURSES

Nearly one million Australians have now been trained in Mental Health First Aid and as we approach that milestone we continue to call on the Australian community to learn the skills that make a difference.

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