Mental health first aid training for front line community workers

Mental health first aid training for front line community workers is part of the 'Taking action to tackle suicide' package.

Page last updated: 03 November 2014

Page last reviewed: 28 October 2014

Funding is provided for mental health first aid training for frontline community workers in the financial and legal sectors, relationship counsellors, and healthcare workers. These sectors interact with people who may be in financial, legal or relationship crisis where the risk of suicide is increased. The training has a specific focus on suicide prevention to help better identify and respond to the needs of people at risk of suicide or who have attempted suicide.

The department engaged the following three leading mental health first aid training providers for this measure until 2014:

  • Mental Health First Aid International
  • Wesley LifeForce
  • The Salvation Army (NSW)
Four sectors were identified to receive training: the healthcare, financial, legal and relationship counselling sectors.

In consultation with the providers, training for the sectors was split as follows:

  • Mental Health First Aid International – financial counselling and healthcare sectors (in particular, medicine and nursing, with an emphasis on students training in those professions)
  • Salvation Army – legal sector
  • Wesley LifeForce – relationship counselling sectors and healthcare workers (in particular, general practitioners, including their practice staff and Aged Care Nurses).
These organisations provide training in approximately 40 regions across Australia in both regional and metropolitan areas.