Mental Health First Aid
An 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