Whilst people often know a lot about common physical health problems, ignorance of mental health is prevalent. Regular first aid courses are widespread however most of these courses do not address mental health problems.
PIR has funded 60 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses across Tasmania over a two year period. There have been over 1,000 participants.
These two-day courses included people from a variety of backgrounds, personal and work situations, such as family carers, community service workers, social work students, school chaplains, supermarket staff, TAFE students, process workers, mine workers, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, SES staff and volunteers, ambulance volunteers, school teachers, child care workers, pharmacists, mentors for young people at risk, crisis telephone counsellors, pastoral leaders, a TV journalist, disability support workers, counselling students, a radiologist, an Aboriginal program leader, and many others … a real cross section of the community.
Independent feedback showed not only that the courses were extremely popular but that attendees gained considerable knowledge and skill. The vast majority of the courses were run by Rod Lambert of Lambert Training and Events. People wishing to seek MHFA training should email Rod at firstname.lastname@example.org