MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
At some time in their lives, one in six New Zealanders will be diagnosed with a mental illness, which means you and/or your employees are highly likely to be affected by a mental health issue directly or indirectly.
Positive mental health can lead to better outcomes for employees and businesses alike.
What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?
We all experience life’s ups and downs yet how each of us copes with the downs differs. Mental Health First Aid is a programme that helps you understand how to deal with challenging life situations. It also teaches you how to support others within your organisation who are going through a difficult time. Using real life situations, trained instructors show you and/or members of your team, how to listen without judgement, enabling you to actively support and encourage team members to seek professional help if needed.
What will you learn?
You will learn a lifelong skill that will make a positive difference to you and others. This certification programme is mental health literacy, which through an educational workshop teaches you to give mental health first aid to those experiencing mental health distress, developing a mental illness or in a mental health crisis.
You can expect to achieve the outcomes of understanding what MHFA is and how you can create a positive workplace. You will learn your legal obligations as an employer and also how to manage and support people in your business with mental health unwellness.
Please note: This course is not a therapy or support group.
Mental illness topics covered
Mental health crisis topics covered
» Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
» Panic attacks
» Severe psychotic states
» Substance misuse
» Severe effects from alcohol or drug misuse
» Aggressive behaviour
During a workshop, you will learn the ALGEE five-step action plan:
APPROACH, ASSESS AND ASSIST ANY CRISIS
LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGEMENT
GIVE RELEVANT AND INSIGHTFUL SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
ENCOURAGE RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL HELP
ENCOURAGE OTHER TYPES OF SUPPORT
IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
The programme is 12 hours in duration, over 2 days (six hours per day). Everyone who attends the course receives their own copy of the MHFA manual; a Mental Health First Aid Certificate which is valid for 2 years; and, a self-care pack – because helping others, starts with helping yourself.
We will look at case studies and provide handouts on:
» Drug & alcohol abuse
» Performance management with staff affected by mental health unwellness
» Disciplinary matters
» Health and Safety – do you have a hazard management plan?
(in particular looking at H&S at Work Act 2015 – psychological abuse and employers obligations
» Managing time off work
In my career in HR I have seen time and time again the impact that mental health has on individuals as well as businesses. My experience with mental health began when I worked for a non government organisation operating in New Zealand’s mental health sector. The groups vision was to improve the lives of people who experience mental illness which included a holistic approach to employment. During my time there I realised the importance work played in people with mental health issues. As part of my role in HR I want to contribute in making a positive impact on businesses by educating and supporting managers and employees alike in early detection of people experiencing poor mental health, and how to better handle these situations.