Mental Health First Aid Training

This year, as part of ALSA’s focus on advocating for the improvement of the mental health and wellbeing of students, we’re teaming up with legalsuper to provide 30 conference attendees with the opportunity to undertake mental health first aid training, free of charge.

Growing up in Australia, every child learns their DRSABCD at an early age and, while we all hope desperately that we will never be in that situation, if we are called upon, we can snap into action and do what is needed to help save a life.

But what about when someone you love tells you that they are having suicidal thoughts, or a fellow student is suffering a panic attack in front of you? Research by the Dean of the UWA School of Law’s Dr Natalie Skead has shown that law students experience higher levels of psychological distress than their peers engaged in other areas of study. This is particularly concerning when contrasted with research that shows we enter law school with equal, and in many cases better mental health, than those same peers.[1]

The Mental Health First Aid for the Legal Profession course will give participants the knowledge and strategies to help someone showing the signs and symptoms of a developing mental health problem, experiencing worsening of an existing mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis. Like traditional first aid, MHFA teaches participants how to offer first-aid and support as a first responder to the person in need until that person gets appropriate professional assistance.

Details of the training are as follows:

Date: 5 July 2019

Time: 10am – 4:30pm, inclusive of a break for lunch

Location: Deakin Downtown, Melbourne

Cost: free!

Lunch and refreshments to be provided.

Participants will be required to complete a number of self-paced e-learning modules prior to the training date, which it is estimated will take 5-6 hours to complete. After completing the eLearning modules participants attend a face-to-face training session. The course trainer, Catherine Stokes, is herself a lawyer who is experienced facilitating the mental health first aid training, and who provides an engaging and entertaining training environment. Following completion of the eLearning modules, the participants have the opportunity to complete an online Accreditation Exam in order to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider (accreditation remains valid for 3 years).

The on-line modules must be completed prior to the first day of Conference in order to participate in the face-to-face training.

Please note: A maximum of two people from each LSS/A are able to participate in the training.

[1] Natalie Skead and Shane Rogers, ‘Stress, Anxiety And Depression in Law Students: How Student Behaviours Affect Student Wellbeing’ (2014) 40 Monash University Law Review, 1.