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Mental health first aid: Become a certified responder

24 Jul, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 25 Jul, 2019 @ 4:30 pm


Do you feel equipped to respond to someone in mental distress?

Do you have a Mental Health First Aider in your organisation?

Book now here!

Mental health concerns in New Zealand are common. Approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. That means that anyone living in New Zealand can expect to have close contact with someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Whilst most people know something about common first aid problems such as cuts and grazes, coughs and colds, sprains and strains, we’re often less equipped to recognize and help with the mental health equivalent.

Regular first aid courses are effective in improving people’s skills and confidence in giving initial aid in a medical emergency. First aiders save lives. Now Mental Health First Aiders are saving lives too!

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or substance misuse- or who is in a mental health crisis, like panic attacks, self-injury, aggressive behaviour.

Mental health first aid is the response given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crisis resolves.

“The course was run in a safe environment which fostered very real conversations about serious issues we face almost every day. I feel now equipped to help my colleagues and family.”

Matt, participant.

What will you learn?

The MHFA certificate teaches you how to assist someone who is struggling with their mental health, experiencing distress or in a mental health crisis. You will learn the ALGEE five steps to assisting:

Approach, assess and assist any crisis

Listen without judging

Give support and information

Encourage relevant professional help

Encourage other supports

Please note that this course is not a personal wellbeing workshop, therapy or support group. It is an educational programme equipping you to give mental health first response to those in immediate need.

Mental Illness topics covered:




Substance misuse

Mental health crisis topics covered:

Suicidal thoughts and behaviour

Panic attacks

Severe psychotic states

Severe effects from alcohol or drug misuse

Aggressive behaviour

Please note:

This workshop is for any adult (18 years and over).

2 day programme includes:

– 13 contact hours:

– light refreshments

Comprehensive manual provided

Certificate valid for 2 years on completion.


24 Jul, 2019 @ 9:00 am
25 Jul, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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The Biz Dojo
Where: 115 Tory St
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand