Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course

Suitable for any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous adults

14 hour course, typically conducted over 2 days

Facilitated by SA Mental Health Training Centre. See Mental health training calendar page for workshop dates.

Research has found the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course to be effective and culturally appropriate, empowering Aboriginal people and providing information that is highly relevant in assisting Aboriginal people experiencing mental health problems.

Aims

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult 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 Aboriginal people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

This course is not a therapy or support group.

Mental health problems covered

  1. Depression and anxiety
  2. Psychosis
  3. Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered

  1. Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  2. Non-suicidal self-injury
  3. Panic attacks
  4. Traumatic events
  5. Severe psychotic states
  6. Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  7. Aggressive behaviours.