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Can you tell me more about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) course?

The AMHFA course is a 14-hour course developed in close consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The course is divided into 6 modules and delivery is flexible according to community and workplace needs. The course provides information on social and emotional wellbeing, loss and grief, and mental health issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It teaches first aid skills for assisting community members with the following mental illnesses and mental health crisis situations - depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, suicidal thinking and behaviour, panic attacks and a person who is psychotic and appears threatening.

The course provides information on how and where to seek culturally appropriate mental health and counselling services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The course is delivered by accredited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructors as well as non-Aboriginal instructors with extensive experience in Aboriginal communities and special training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid.

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