Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

mhfa_logoAn excellent program to broaden the understanding of mental health and illness is the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course. Locally it was initiated by Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group and with funding assistance from several sources and has been presented to over 500 people, and is ongoing.
Mental Health First Aid is the assistance given to someone developing a Mental Illness or whilst in a Mental Health crisis until such time that appropriate professional help can be accessed.
Mental Health First Aid is based on expansion of the acronym ALGEE
1. Approach the person, assess & assist with crisis
2. Listen non-judgementally
3. Give reassurance and information
4. Encourage person to get appropriate professional help
5. Encourage other supports

Go to MHFA Web page

How to deal with someone threatening Suicide

1. Treat the matter urgently.
2. Do not leave them alone. If you can’t stay, get someone else to come.
3. Do not get involved physically and be aware of exit if threatened.
4. Encourage the person to talk about it but don’t deny the persons feelings and don’t try to give advice at this stage, just listen.
5. If they have a plan (when?how?Where?) and if they have had a prior attempt, the threat is very real. Get help immediately.
6. If the person is consuming drugs or alcohol try to limit further consumption.
7. Seek immediate help, by doing one of the following
◦ Call Accessline 1800 800944
◦ Call 000 for ambulance and indicate the situation
◦ If threatening violence call police
◦ Take them to Dr. or Hospital Accident and Emergency
◦ Call Suicide Helpline 1300 651251
8. Give reassurance whilst waiting for help
Even if the person does not want help, call Accessline for further assistance.
For more details it is recommended that you do the Mental Health First Aid Course