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Youth Mental Health First Aid in Brisbane

The Benefits of Youth Mental Health First Aid in Brisbane

Australian Government health studies indicate one in six adolescents will meet criteria for some type of mental illness in any given year. We place a great deal of importance on schools and youth organisations to learn regular first aid, yet mental health problems are far more common among young people than physical health problems. 

Safer Communities is looking to change this approach. The 14 Hour Youth Mental Health First  Aid course teaches practical and evidence-based skills to assess, approach and assist a young person developing a mental health problem or in a crisis situation.

Teen MHFA teaches effective ways to support a friend and help get an adult involved

We also offer a Teen MHFA class that appeals directly to young people aged 12-18 years old. There is a very strong focus on ways to assist a peer to access an adult for support. Research has demonstrated teen MHFA is effective in increasing young people's skills and confidence to assist a peer and refer them to a supportive adult. It’s one of the most-used sources of youth mental health first aid in Brisbane, and has been adopted in many other countries as well.

Encourages early detection and mental health intervention

No matter what particular course you choose to implement in your school or organisation, Safer Communities emphasises the importance of early detection and mental health intervention. Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of mental illness, and how best to seek help and healing, is critical. 

If you’ve been searching for a great “mental health first aid course near me”, you’ve found it. Best of all, the programs we offer at Safer Communities are increasingly accessible through our traveling teams and online, so you don’t have to worry about your locality. No matter where you live, we are committed to bringing your community the best in mental health training and resources.

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