Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid for Carers (13th & 14th July 2017)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid for Carers (13th & 14th July 2017)

About the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Course

Learn skills and gain confidence to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander friends and family experiencing mental health problems.  This course has been culturally adapted for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and is taught by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Instructors.  The course teaches first aid skills for helping indigenous people experiencing a mental health crisis, mental health problems or the early stages of mental illness.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.  Course topics cover: developing mental health problems, depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems, as well as suicide and other mental health crises.

Course Details

To be eligible you must be registered as a Carer at Carers NT.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers or non-indigenous Carers with strong connections to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community or individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Session 1:  Thursday 13th of July from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Session 2:   Friday the 14th of July from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Venue:   Carers NT, 59 Bayview Blvd, Bayview

How to register:   Places are limited and registration is essential.  To register call 08 8944 4888, email [email protected] or register your interest here.

Respite:   Contact Carers NT to discuss respite options if required.  Out of town Carers are encouraged to enquire about travel expenses in order to attend.       

Cost:   A small fee of $20 is required to secure your place in the course.  Payment is required prior to the course date.  Payment can be waivered in circumstances of financial hardship.  Catering will be provided.

It was a really good course that was understandable. It gave me the knowledge of why people sometimes act the way they do from drug or alcohol use. And what some of the underlying problems could be that are behind the drug or alcohol use. The course structure and attitude of the presenter created the environment where people could talk about whatever they wanted as an aboriginal person. - Gabby, registered Carer with Carers NT


A certificate will be issued on completion of this course.  Participants are also encouraged to complete the assessment to receive a 2 year accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider.  Continuing Professional Development points are also available for certain professions.  You must attend both sessions in full to complete this course and the opportunity to attain accreditation.

Major sponsors

  • Halikos Group
  • Southern Cross Television

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