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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid provides a solid cultural framework for speaking on difficult issues: Anxiety, Depression, Alcohol and other Drugs, Psychosis, Non-suicidal self-injury and suicide

To talk with us about this subject please contact Culture Care Connect Coordinator Rob Gerrie on (08) 8273 7200 or by email at [email protected].

AHCSA can deliver 2 ½ day workshop which provide workforce participants understanding on a range of mental health issues, ranging from anxiety and depression, grief and loss, alcohol and other drugs, through to non-suicidal self-harm and suicidal ideation. A primary focus of the program is introducing prevention strategies from immediate critical/urgent care and supports, through identifying local and wider accessible referral pathway options.

Learn how to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

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.

Mental health problems covered

  • Depression and anxiety
  • 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 support group.