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

When deciding to do MHFA Training Courses or a Mental Health First Aid Refresher 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. This is something we put a lot of thought into when choosing our facilitators for your MHFA Training Courses. Especially our Mental Health First Aid Refresher. Our facilitators are consistently scored 9.5 out of 10 (or higher). We 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. Like 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. 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, referred to as a MHFA Refresher. 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 course 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.

Read more about the MHFA Refresher.

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.

How much do you know about mental health?