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Benefits of Completing Your Online Mental Health First Aid Course

If it’s approaching 3 years since you received your Mental Health first Aid accreditation, it’s time for your Online Mental Health First Aid Course. To keep your accreditation current and ensure you can continue to provide Mental Health First Aid, we have conveniently created this online course – Mental Health First Aid Refresher – easily accessible and available to anyone who needs to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Not sure an online refresher course is right for you? No worries. Here are a few of the reasons we think you’ll find inspiring:

No Need to Travel

The Online Mental Health First Aid Course online course eliminates your need for travel completely. This means no planning a trip, no worrying if you’ll be home in time for dinner or to pick the kids up from school, and best of all, no traffic! The Online Mental Health First Aid Course is delivered to you online, through a six-hour group class with a certified instructor. All you have to do is show up, note taking materials at the ready.

Avoiding sitting in your car for any amount of time is a huge win for most people, especially for those of you who drive to work every day. You get a break from traveling while at the same time completing an important training and maintaining your MHFA accreditation for another 3 years, ensuring your ability to do what you’re great at: helping people in need of Mental Health first Aid.

Online Mental Health First Aid Course lady sitting at computer doing mental health first aid

More Convenient

The convenience aspect of the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is yet another reason to be happy about this training. The online delivery of the course in two 3-hour segments means no sitting in class all day, and you can take it from the comfort of your own home! This means if you need to grab a drink of water or a quick snack you can do so, and without interrupting the instructor or the other participants. You can have comfort and convenience, all while you learn.

The convenience factor goes even further than this, though. The fact that you can take it online means that the Online Mental Health First Aid Course won’t disrupt your normal schedule; you can choose a class time that works with your routine. No need to worry about missing out on your Online Mental Health First Aid Course because your work or other responsibilities won’t allow it, just choose a class time that’s convenient to you and ensure that you’ll be there, ready to listen.

Location Freedom

It’s all too common for people to miss out on courses they’d really like to take because their location makes it difficult for them to attend. Not with the online course! The online delivery makes it accessible to anyone in the country, as long as they have a reliable internet connection and are willing to learn. No need to worry about whether you’ll let your accreditation lapse, just book a class time that works for you.

This is also helpful for people who would like to take the course at home, but their household might be a bit too busy for them to concentrate. No worries! Just take your laptop to a reasonably quiet spot with reliable Wi-Fi, and you can complete your Online Mental Health First Aid Course anywhere you’re comfortable. True location freedom is yet another great reason to take this online course.

Online Mental Health First Aid Course - lady taking course with dog by her side

Safety

In the uncertain times we’re living in, it’s become common for people to want to stay away from crowds and tight spaces for health reasons. While the pandemic appears to slowly be on its way out, not everyone feels safer yet. This is completely understandable, and yet another reason taking the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is a great way to maintain your MHFA accreditation.

No one wants to feel as if they’re putting their health or the health of their loved ones in danger, and this is a valid concern. That’s why the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is so great: you don’t have to worry about your health or safety because you get to take it in a place where you feel safe and comfortable.

Wrapping up

So, there you have it. Taking your Online Mental Health First Aid Course should be a positive, convenient, and informative experience, and we’ve created this course with all those things in mind. Find out more about the Mental Health First Aid Refresher program.

Whether you’re soon to need your accreditation renewed or just want to brush up on your skills, have a look at the available options and enrol today!

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher program is endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training: How to Prepare

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher training is the perfect way to maintain your MHFA accreditation, stay up to date on policies and procedures, and keep your skillset sharp. Whether you’re due for an accreditation renewal or you want to brush up on your MHFA skills, there’s one thing that will help to ensure your success upon your course completion: being prepared.

It’s a known fact that being aptly prepared for an important event helps to improve mental clarity, as well as increased organisation. With that said, here are a few tips to help you along your way:

Create a Plan

It’s been said that creating a plan eliminates many of the negatives when taking a course, including feeling overwhelmed by the material, forgetting important tools you’ll need, and the list goes on. Being unprepared can leave you frazzled and frustrated, which are not good places to be in when you’re trying to learn.

Thankfully, having a plan that works for you will serve you in a variety of ways, giving you the mental clarity and presence that you’ll need to absorb the information effectively. Whether that means writing yourself a list of materials to have ready, scheduling your travel so that you arrive on time, or something else you deem important, be sure to take care of it ahead of time so that you can be as ready as necessary before class time.

Part of your planning might even be to schedule your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training into the diary well in advance.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl taking notes

Dedicate Enough Time

While this technically falls in with planning, it’s so important that we felt the need to give it a section all its own. Life can get busy, and we all know what that’s like: you’re rushing from one responsibility to the next as per usual, when it suddenly dawns on you that you’ve forgotten that you were supposed to do something.

Don’t let that be the case with something as important as your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training. Setting aside a block of time in your calendar can do wonders to ensure that you’ll be prepared, on time, and ready to learn. Let family members or other important people know you’ll be unavailable during this time as well.

Another tip: set yourself a series of reminders to alert you the week prior, the day prior, etc. This will ensure you’re all set when the time arrives.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl circling date on calendar

Find a Quiet Place

If you’re taking the Mental Health First Aid Refresher training online, it’s imperative that you find a quiet place to attend the Zoom meeting. This means no interruptions, no dogs barking, no kids asking for a snack, no nothing. The importance of this not only affects your learning experience, but that of the others taking the course with you, so please consider this when scheduling a time to take your online course.

There are options for those of you whose homes are a little on the loud side, as we can all appreciate; we’re only human and have lives after all! Some suggestions might include finding a baby or dog sitter for a few hours, asking a friend to use their home or office, sitting in a place like a library or relatively quiet coffee shop, or even your car will work if that’s all you can do!

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl in a quiet space

Wrapping up

Being prepared is something we all take for granted from time to time, and that’s okay. However, when you’re investing in something as important as education or providing help to others (or in this case, both), it’s important to help yourself get the most out of the training you’ve signed up for. Not only will you learn more effectively when you’re well prepared, but the people you help will benefit from your skills that much more as well.

Hopefully these tips on how to prepare for your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training will do just that. We appreciate your willingness to help others in their time of need and want you to stay up to date so you can keep on doing what you do best. If you’re approaching your accreditation expiration and need to renew, or even if you just want to update yourself on your skills, we’d love for you to enrol today!

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training is endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

MHFA Training Courses: How to Choose the Right Provider For You

When deciding to do MHFA Training Courses, there are many variables. One thing that this includes is choosing the provider that will carry out your training. There are so many providers out there, and this can sometimes feel like an impossible choice!

Instead of spending hours upon hours trying to work this out on your own, we thought we’d give you a hand by showing you what to look for in a provider, so that you can spend less time researching and more time getting your MHFA Training Courses done.

Here are 4 ways to ensure that you choose the best provider for your training:

Choose a Principle Master Instructor

Principle Master Instructors are the most experienced and trusted instructors. They are the highest qualified amongst all MHFA facilitators, and therefore the best choice when considering the provider for your MHFA Training Courses. Aside from their qualifications, the fact that they deliver courses so regularly means that they are well experienced in the content they teach, as well as consistently up to date on the current teaching model.

Choose a Qualified Instructor

Did you know that some instructors don’t carry any qualifications other than being accredited to deliver MHFA Training Courses? While this may not be a deal breaker for some, ideally having an instructor with qualifications in the mental health field is your best bet. This will ensure that you’re getting the best quality training possible, and it applies to your refresher course as well.

Our instructors are highly qualified, including those with counselling and mental health qualifications, as well as International Coaching Federation Credentialled Coaches, and Australian Counselling Association members.

Choose an Experienced Facilitator

Have you ever attended a course or training and while you thought the content was good, you felt let down by the facilitator? A facilitator can make or break your experience of a course or training, no matter how good the content might be, or how excited you were to take the training in the first place. A competent, engaging facilitator makes all the difference, and this is something we put a lot of thought into when choosing our facilitators for your MHFA Training Courses. Our facilitators are consistently scored 9.5 out of 10 (or higher) and work hard to bring you the most recent model of training while making the course an enjoyable experience.

MHFA Training Courses team working together

Choose an Organisation That can Manage the Administration for You

Organising MHFA Training Courses and rolling it out for a group of people means taking on a lot of administrative work. There are so many elements to consider in order to create a successful roll out, including tracking attendance, course completion, and the details of your course takers, to name a few.

Thankfully, we will do all of this busy work for you, so you can focus on the most important thing of all: the training itself. No worries about who will do what, just let us take care of the details and enjoy your course!

MHFA Training Courses clients learning

Wrapping it up

Choosing a provider can feel like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When you know what to look for in a course provider, it makes it easier to weed out the ones that aren’t a good fit for you so you can more easily find the ones that are.

Once you’ve found the right provider for your needs, you can get started on the most important thing: your MHFA Training Course. Our facilitators are highly qualified and look forward to teaching you the most current model of MHFA Training Courses available.

Our MHFA Training Courses are endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Mental Health First Aid Renewal Course: 5 Things You Won’t Miss Out if You Attend

Mental Health First Aiders are accredited for 3 years at a time. Between renewals much can change, whether it be for yourself, the people you help, and/or mental health research, policies and procedures. One way to be sure that you’re up to date on the most current happenings in Mental Health First Aid is to take a Mental Health First Aid Renewal course. This will help you to provide assistance to those in need in the most effective way possible.

There are other benefits available to you as well, 5 of which we’ve listed for you here:

You’ll Stay Current on Mental Health Facts

In the mental health field, research is an ongoing process. This means that there are frequent changes and as a result of this, important policies, procedures and protocols are also subject to change. While you’re accredited for a 3-year period, there is much that can change between renewals. The best way to counteract this is to take a Mental Health First Aid Renewal every 3 years at a minimum, and more often if you can. This way, you can always be confident that the help you give is the most effective, impactful, and up to date that it can be.

Mental Health First Aid Renewal staying current on facts

You’ll Get Access to any Changes in the MHFA Model

As a result of the research changes mentioned above, from time to time we must also make changes to the model that we teach in the course. This is important to know, as the model we teach is what makes our conversations (and our impact on others) as successful as possible. Taking a Mental Health First Aid Renewal course will ensure that you’re always up to date on the most recent model, allowing you to have effective, impactful conversations that the people you help have come to count on.

Opportunity to Practice Your Skills

It’s always a good idea to practice your skills, and we do just that (a lot of that, actually) in the Mental Health First Aid Renewal course. Even if you use your skills regularly, having an expert trainer to practice with and to provide you with feedback will help to strengthen them even more. This is beneficial to your MHFA performance, but it also does wonders for your confidence. To know that what you’re doing helps people is a great feeling, but to know that you’re doing it well feels even better.

Mental Health First Aid Renewal practing skills

Letting Your Accreditation Lapse

Accreditation is valid for a 3-year period, as you know. But did you know that if you let it lapse, you’ll have to take the initial training all over again? This is a very good reason to take a Mental Health First Aid Renewal course, and before your accreditation period expires! The initial training is longer than the refresher training, and if you’ve already taken it once you may not want to go back to the beginning. Prevent this by taking the refresher course and stay up to date on important changes while you’re at it.

Hear From Other Mental Health First Aiders

One of the best parts of Mental Health First Aid Renewal training is the chance to connect with other Mental Health First Aiders. Talking to people who have the same training and desire to help others as yourself is a wonderful experience, and only helps to solidify your belief in what you do. With such a diverse group as ours, you’ll get to hear the different perspectives of others who do what you do, all while learning together as a community. You never know what you might learn from someone you just met, just by listening to what they have to say!

Mental Health First Aid Renewal hearing from others

Taking a Mental Health First Aid Renewal course is a good idea for various reasons, some of which you’ve just read here. Not only will you maintain your accreditation by staying current on the ever-changing research of mental health, but your skills and confidence will benefit as well.

Finding community with your fellow Mental health First Aiders and practicing your skills with an expert trainer will ensure that you’re doing your best, and that you know it. Helping people is a selfless and honorable act, and we want you to keep doing the great work you’re doing!

So, if you’re approaching your 3-year expiration and need to renew, or just want to brush up on your skills and spend some time updating your knowledge, we’d love for you to enrol in a Mental Health First Aid Renewal course today!

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher program is endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

What you’ll learn in Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

If you’ve already completed your initial Mental Health First Aid training and gained your accreditation, then the Mental Health First Aid Refresher course is for you.

Refresher courses allow people who have previously completed a 12 or 14 hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

The content of each refresher course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

What you’ll learn in the Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard MHFA Course. You will:

    • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
    • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
    • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
    • Practice mental health first aid skills.

Other options

If you’re looking for a course that is focussed on Mental Health First Aid for adults, you may like to take a look at our specific adult courses, delivered face to face, or online.

If you want to study Mental Health First Aid skills to use with young people, then the Youth Mental Health First Aid course might be if interest.

What you’ll learn in Youth Mental Health First Aid

If you are working with youth, or have an interest in the mental health of young people, the Youth Mental Health First Aid course will suit you.

You’ll learn about the experiences of young people and how they develop mental health problems, the common signs and symptoms, and a model for having a safe conversation with a young person about their mental health.

It’s focussed on the specific need of young people, and gives adults the skills needed to help young people with their mental health.

What you’ll learn in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

  • An overview of mental health for youth and Mental Health First Aid
  • Common myths and misunderstandings about mental illness
  • The common signs and symptoms of a mental health issue in youth
  • How to approach young people about their mental health
  • How to assess the severity of the situation
  • What to do in a mental health crisis situation
  • Practical skills to intervene in real-world mental health situations youth experience
  • How to encourage young people to get professional help
  • A range of options and places for youth to access professional help

Mental Health Issues Covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Eating Disorders

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Other options

If you’re looking for a course that is focussed on Mental Health First Aid for adults, you may like to take a look at our specific adult courses, delivered face to face, or online.

If you have already undertaken your Mental Health First Aid qualification, a refresher program might be a good fit for you.

What you’ll learn in MHFA Certificate course?

In our MHFA Certificate course, you’ll learn about the common mental illnesses, along with their signs and symptoms. It also teaches you about having a safe conversation with someone you’re worried about.

Dealing with a mental health crisis is also covered. You’ll leave the course feeling confident regarding mental health and mental illness.

Choosing to take the MHFA Certificate course in person is a great way to go for people who enjoy face to face learning.

We offer this course in person on our public programs, and can also run it for your team or organisation.

Here’s a little bit more about the program.

What you’ll learn in our MHFA Certificate course:

  • An overview of mental health, and Mental Health First Aid
  • Common myths and misunderstandings about mental illness
  • The common signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • How to approach someone about their mental health
  • How to assess the severity of the situation
  • What to do in a mental health crisis situation
  • Practical skills to intervene in real-world mental health situations
  • How to encourage someone to get professional help
  • A range of options and places to access professional help

Mental Health Issues Covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Options to consider other than our MHFA Certificate course

At The Mental Health Coach, we are here to help you regardless of how you want to learn. In addition to our MHFA Certificate course in person, we offer Mental Health First Aid Training online as well, so that you can learn from the comfort of your home

If you’ve already done your initial training, consider doing a refresher course instead. This extends your accreditation by 3 years and also keeps you up to date with changes in the field.

Working with young people? The Youth Mental Health First Aid course might suit you.

 

What you’ll learn in Online Mental Health First Aid Course

In our Online Mental Health First Aid Course, you’ll learn about the common mental illnesses, along with their signs and symptoms. You’ll also learn about how to have a safe conversation with someone you’re worried about.

Dealing with a mental health crisis is also covered. You’ll leave the course feeling confident regarding mental health and mental illness.

Choosing to study the online Mental Health First Aid course is a great choice!

It’s flexible, can fit in around your busy schedule, and you can join the course from anywhere in Australia.

Here’s a little bit more about the program.

What you’ll learn in the online Mental Health First Aid Course:

  • An overview of mental health, and Mental Health First Aid
  • Common myths and misunderstandings about mental illness
  • The common signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • How to approach someone about their mental health
  • How to assess the severity of the situation
  • What to do in a mental health crisis situation
  • Practical skills to intervene in real-world mental health situations
  • How to encourage someone to get professional help
  • A range of options and places to access professional help

Mental Health Issues covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Options to consider other than our online Mental Health First Aid course:

If you’d prefer to study with us face to face, that’s also possible – click here.

If you’ve already done your initial training, consider doing a refresher course instead

Working with young people? The Youth Mental Health First Aid course might suit you.

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