Mental Health First Aid
The University of Waikato is now offering 'Mental Health First Aid', under the host for Aotearoa, Te Pou.
At this time, we are delivering this internally only. If you are an external individual or organizaiton, please visit Te Pou's website to find an alternative provider.
“Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are a suite of internationally acclaimed and evidence-based, accredited training programmes that empower and equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health challenge. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.”
Topics covered are: depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance misuse and mental health crisis topics of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, panic attacks, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or drug misuse & aggressive behaviour. To register for upcoming courses in both Hamilton and Tauranga campuses please complete the form below.
For more information email [email protected]
Visit www.mhfainternational.org for more information about the MHFA international course
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need to attend both days?
Yes, to become a Mental Health First Aider you are required to complete both days of the Mental Health First Aid workshop. (total of 12 hours)
How much does it cost and what does the payment cover?
The workshop fee is $50 per person. The payment covers the workshop materials and contributes to the cost of refreshments, administration and other course coordination. We aim to keep the cost low so that we can upskill as many staff members as possible.
How long does my certificate last for?
Your accreditation expires 3 years from the date of the completed online accreditation assessment.
I need to cancel. How do I do this?
We ask that you prioritize this workshop where possible, but we understand that life happens! If something has come up that is beyond your control, please let us know and we can discuss the best way to move forward.
I can’t make it to the session I registered for. Can I attend the next MHFA workshop?
Absolutely. Please provide us with a minimum of 7 days notice of this change. Please keep in mind that if you advise us of the change within less than 7 days of the original workshop you registered for, that you will have to pay for both workshop places.
Can another member of my team/department take my spot?
If you have pre-booked spots, that’s great! However, we ask that you identify those who have an interest in the course to attend first and foremost. This is to ensure commitment to the place in the workshop and that the completion of the workshop will lead to MHFA champions.
The aim is to have one person in every household in NZ as a Mental Health First Aider. This begins with delivering to those with an interest in the content, to become champions for MHFA to then encourage others to attend.
As mentioned, life happens, and in these cases we are happy to discuss the possibility of allowing another keen team member to take your place.
Can I get a refund?
A lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes to organise these workshops so as a rule, the cost is non-refundable unless exceptional circumstances which will be dealt with case-by-case.
Can I just buy the training materials?
No. The training materials provided are to support the overall learnings. One cannot be used without the other!
Is lunch provided?
No. To keep costs down for our participants, we do not provide lunch. Coffee and tea will be available.
Able I able to attend virtually?
These workshops must be attended in person for the value of learning and participant safety
Feedback from previous participants
"[facilitators] were very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about what they do. They made it fun and lighthearted, even though the subject matter was heavy. Would recommend"
"It allows us to know what to do in situations that are uncomfortable for most people but learning to handle it in a professional and appropriate manner was helpful"
"Loved the very clear framework- its applicable in so many situations"
"Really dynamic and engaging. Would recommend anyone in a student-facing role be given the opportunity to attend"
"I feel more empowered for both my work and personal life"
"Very relevant as pastoral care is a part of my role"