Mental Health First Aid

mental health first aid More and more workplaces are realising the impact of mental health problems at work, on their people and productivity. Encouraging early help-seeking is one way to promote a mentally healthy workplace. This is where Mental Health First Aid can help.
Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training course which gives your employees the skills and confidence to have supportive conversations with their co-workers and help guide them to professional help if needed. It has been shown to increase knowledge, confidence and helping behaviours, and reduce stigma.

Course Details:
The Standard Mental Health First Aid course equips employees with the skills and knowledge to provide support to an adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis. They will learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help.

Mental health problems covered
• Depression
• Anxiety problems
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
• Severe psychotic states
• Aggressive behaviours

Course Duration:
2 full days face to face

What’s included:
All catering, writing materials, Mental Health First Aid Manual to keep and eligibility to be accredited as a Mental Health First Aider for 3 years.

Mental Health First Aid Instructor: Jeanette Adams

Date Time Location Places Cost
20 & 21 April 9.00am – 4.30pm Alexandra Hills 12 $330.00
22 & 23 June 9.00am – 4.30pm Alexandra Hills 12 $330.00
24 & 25 August 9.00am – 4.30pm Alexandra Hills 12 $330.00
26 & 27 October 9.00am – 4.30pm Alexandra Hills 12 $330.00
30th November & 1st December 9.00am – 4.30pm Alexandra Hills 12 $330.00

Daly & Ritchie can also customise the delivery of a Mental Health First Aid training package to suit your organisation if you have a number of staff you would like to attend the course. Please contact us to discuss your needs please email us admin@dalyritchie.com.au or you can download our brochure.

Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” World Health Organisation

This 90 minute overview of mental health in the workplace, will give your staff tools to address their own state of well-being; what are their strengths; what does stress look like; how do we work productively and fruitfully; how we impact on our work environment and how to practice self-care.

Mind Your Mental Health for Managers & Supervisors

“Workers’ psychological and physical health can be adversely affected by exposure to a poorly designed or managed work environment, traumatic event, workplace violence, fatigue, bullying or harassment and excessive or prolonged work pressures. Any of these factors can increase the likelihood of workers experiencing a stress response”. Safe Work Australia (2014). Preventing Psychological Injury Under Work Health and Safety Laws.

An overview for leaders in business looks at your responsibilities to your work force. We will cover off on issues around Work Health and Safety, Anti-Discrimination, psychosocial hazards, psychological health in the workplace, understanding self and what leadership means.

Do you know what stress or depression look like in your employees or how to best support your staff during difficult times? Do you know how to practice self-care and reflective practice?

This 2 hour session will start your leaders on their journey of a better understanding of their staff and themselves.

Resilience Training and Building Confidence

Regardless of your circumstances, resilience is the ability to overcome adversity, to find happiness and motivation so we can live a healthy, balanced and satisfying life. Resilience is important because without resilience, our ability to face adversity will be challenged and we could find it difficult to overcome hardships. Anyone can be resilient, but it takes practice. Reliance is like a muscle that needs to be exercised to be developed. Resilience must become instinctive.

This 4-hour workshop will 1) assist in gaining an understanding of resilience and why it is important, 2) introduce the idea of thinking of your own levels of resilience, 3) gain ideas about what characteristics are associated with being resilient, 4) suggestions of activities and practices that can be done to keep resilience at high sustainable levels, and 5) opportunities to discuss and share ideas about how to stay committed, build confidence to develop lasting changes in the practice of resilience.

Facilitator: Andrew De Ambrosis and Jeanette Adams

Accidental Counsellor

A person will take on the role of an accidental counsellor when they find themselves in a situation that requires active listening, being non-judgmental and to be present with another person. We can find ourselves in situations that requires us to help someone when another person is feeling overwhelmed for reasons that may or may not be known to us.

This one-day workshop will assist participants to gain an understanding of what is the role of an accidental counsellor, being self-aware of your own values and beliefs, developing communications strategies to overcome barriers, applying solutions focused strategies, working with difficult behaviours and putting in place boundaries to assist with self-care.

Facilitator: Andrew De Ambrosis and Jeanette Adams

Peer Support Training

Workplaces in 2021 are faced with challenges they have never seen before. As employers and employees alike try to find their new ‘normal’, many are finding themselves in unchartered territories of declining mental health.

“Peer support is based on the belief that people who have faced, endured and overcome adversity can offer useful support, encouragement, hope and perhaps mentorship to others facing similar situations”.¹

The implementation of a Peer Support Program within your organisation may provide the following benefits:-

  • The opportunity for employees to seek emotional and social support within the workplace, promoting and sustaining a culture of wellness within the organisation and improving morale through the recognition of care and understanding.
  • Lead to an overall minimisation of psychosocial hazards.
  • Contribute to a more effective use of EAP programs, reducing the need for professional intervention.
  • Choosing Peer Supporters from within your organisation also provides the benefit of knowing the organisational culture and work experience which means they are more likely to help with productivity and workplace concerns.
  • Provide additional support to the ‘return to work’ process. ²

The Daly & Ritchie Peer Support Program is developed uniquely for each organisation and can assist with the provision of opportunities for early intervention and resilience in your workplace.

This 2 day course extends the skills and knowledge of a core team of employees to provide support to other in the workplace.
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Facilitators: Andrew De Ambrosis and Jeanette Adams