Mental Health First Aid for Creative Industry



WHEN: 9:00am - 4:30pm , 9:00am - 4:00pm 5 Mar 2020 – 6 Mar 2020

COST: $250 + GST


Mental Health First Aid is the nationally accredited training for individuals and teams to be able to effectively respond to mental health issues. Mental Health for creatives and those working in creative industries is a growing and pressing issue, with the first study conducted in this sector in 2018 showing higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population.

Creative agency Rumpus is an adult education, workplace training, and community cultural enterprise non-profit that draws on creative ways of working to foster mentally healthy communities and workplaces. We have joined with 107 to deliver this accredited course to people in the creative sector

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach people simple, practical first aid skills for helping a family member, friend, co-worker or other person who is experiencing mental health problems. MHFA courses will teach you how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem, even if they are experiencing a crisis. You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need for the successful management of symptoms as part of their recovery journey. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing support through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll be able to actively reduce stigma in your community, by responding appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Developing 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