Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they’re concerned about.

SSPAN periodically offers MHFA training to the community. These include STANDARD 12 hour course for adults assisting other adults, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SUICIDE Half-day course for adults assisting someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT NON-SUICIDAL SELF-INJURY Half-day course for adults assisting someone engaging in self-injury, STANDARD REFRESHER this half-day course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course.

Currently we are working to be able to offer courses online and will update the website as this happens, in the meantime if you are interested in doing a course please let us know here

There are a range of suicide prevention training sessions available in the Shoalhaven. Although Shoalhaven Suicide Prevention and Awareness Network regularly run Mental Health first aid courses there  other agencies that  run courses and there are other trainers available all over Australia.

Mental Health First Aid Australia has a number of different courses all over Australia find out more about course near you  here

In ASIST, people learn to apply a suicide intervention model find out more here

Lifeline South Coast | QPR, safeTALK, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid | Visit website

Catholic Care | Visit website