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Mental Health First Aid (Singapore)



MHFA Courses

Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) Adult

The two-day MHFA(S) Adult course is not meant to teach people to be therapists nor counsellors but helps the trained individual to recognize common mental health problems in the adult population, provide initial help and support and guide the person towards appropriate professional help.  This course is targeted at those without prior knowledge of mental health issues. It is particularly relevant for improving mental health awareness at the workplace since most employees are in the adult age group. With early identification and treatment, most will recover well and return to productive lives.

This course looks at four common groups of disorders among the general adult community. These are Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders and Addiction Problems.

 

Our Objectives:

·         Learn to recognise symptoms of mental health problems

·         Provide initial help to those experiencing mental distress

·         How to guide a person suffering from mental health problems towards appropriate professional help

 

Program Outline:

Day 1Day 2

Introduction to Mental Health

Background and overview of MHFA(S)

Mental Health issues in Singapore

 

Anxiety Disorders
Symptoms and Causes of Anxiety Disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Panic Attacks
Treatment and Resources for Anxiety Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Causes and Symptoms
Mental Health First Aid for Acute Psychosis
Treatment and Resources for Psychotic Disorders
Addiction Disorders
Symptoms and Causes of Addiction Disorders
First Aid for Overdose
Treatment and Resources for Addiction Dependence
Mood Disorders
Causes and Symptoms of Mood Disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Mood Disorders
Treatment and Resources for Mood Disorders
Self-Care as a  First Aider
Impact of being a First Aider
Self-Care Tips

Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) Older Person

Mental Health First Aid-Singapore (Older Person) was developed to cater to the needs of this population. MHFA(S) (Older Person) is necessary as it is recognised that mental health problems in older persons are often managed differently when compared to the general adult population. The course includes a module on confusion in older persons, which is a common presentation in mental disorders in older persons. Using video clips, role plays and case discussions specific to the older person, MHFA(S) (Older Person) teaches participants to recognise and provide initial help to older persons with common mental health problems such as depression, dementia, anxiety and psychosis. Basic first aid steps are used to support the older person in mental health crisis until the person is referred for professional help.

This course is targeted at those without prior knowledge of mental health issues. It is also relevant for staff and volunteers working at eldercare agencies such as neighbourhood links, seniors activity centres, rehabilitation centres, hospitals and nursing homes.

This course caters to the needs of the older person. The issues or problems are required to be managed differently when compared to the general adult population. Designed for the older person, the course covers depression, dementia, dementia, anxiety and psychosis

Target audience for MHFA (OP) course:

Staff and volunteers working at eldercare agencies such as neighborhood links, seniors activity centers, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and nursing homes.  This course is also targeted at those without prior knowledge of mental health issues in older persons. It is relevant for both family and professional caregivers of older person such as staff and/or volunteers of eldercare agencies in the community.

Program Outline:

Day 1Day 2
Introduction to Mental Health (Older Person)
Why Mental Health First Aid (Older Person)?
The MHFA Action Plan
Anxiety in Older Person
Common sources of anxiety in older person
Major types of anxiety disorders in older person
Acute stress reaction
Specific situation: How to help the older person having a panic attack
Treatment of anxiety in older person
Mental Health Issues in Singapore
What are mental health problems?
Common are mental health problems in the older person
How common are mental Health problems in Singapore?
Disability caused by mental health disorders
Psychosis in Older Person
Causes psychosis in older person
Primary psychotic disorders in older person
Symptoms of psychosis
Specific situation: What do if an older person with psychosis appears threatening?
Treatment of psychosis in older person
Communicating with Older Person
Active listening skills
Communicating with the visually and/or hearing impaired
Dementia in  Older Person
Types and causes of dementia
Delirium
Person Centred Care
Specific situation: How to help the older person who is confused
Treatment of dementia
Depression in Older Person
Some facts and figures
Common signs and symptoms of depression in the older person
Specific situation: How to help the older person having suicidal ideas
Treatment of depression in older person
Self-care as a  First Aider
Common signs and symptoms of burnout
Tips to prevent burnout


Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) Youth

The two-day (14 contact hours) YMHFA(S) course is not meant to teach people to be therapists nor counsellors but helps the trained individual to recognize mental health problems, provide initial help and support and guide the young person towards appropriate professional help.  The YMHFA(S) course includes a module on self-harm behaviors, which is a common presentation in mental disorders in young people.  Designed for the young person, YMHFA(S) covers Depression, Addiction, Eating Disorders, Anxiety and Psychosis.

Target audiences include:

Professionals working with young people such as teachers as well as adult volunteers working volunteers working at youth agencies such as neighbourhood links, family service centres, student support centres, befrienders and youth outreach services.

Program Outline:

Day 1Day 2

Introduction to Mental Health

Background and overview of YMHFA(S)

Mental Health issues in young people in Singapore

 

Anxiety Disorders in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Anxiety Disorders
Clinical presentations of different types of Anxiety Disorders
Crisis First Aid for Panic Attacks
Crisis First Aid for Acute Stress Reactions
Mental Health First Aid for Anxiety Disorders
Psychosis in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Psychotic Disorders 
Mental Health First Aid for Acute Psychosis
Eating Disorders in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Addiction Disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Eating Disorders
Mood Disorders in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Mood Disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Mood Disorders
Crisis First Aid for Suicidal Ideation
Addiction Disorders in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Eating Disorders
Mental Health First Aid for Eating Disorders
Deliberate Self Harm in Young People
Symptoms and Causes of Deliberate Self Harm
Mental Health First Aid for Deliberate Self Harm
Treatment and Resources for Mental illness in Young People


Mental Health First Aid (Singapore) Crisis Intervention for Children & Youth

This is a 2-day crisis intervention programme suitable for individuals interested in learning to support children and youth (aged 6 to 18 years old) through a crisis.

Crisis situations could be large-scale (e.g. mass disasters), small-scale (e.g. personal losses, sexual and physical abuse), or even daily stressors (e.g. academic stress and peer conflicts). In the month after a crisis, children and youth may no longer have concerns about their physical safety and needs, but may still be experiencing some symptoms of distress. Crisis intervention can help to buffer children against developing more severe and prolonged mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Using experiential learning and activities, participants in this programme will learn about:

·         Common stress responses in children and youth after a crisis

·         How to teach basic coping strategies to children and youth, and their families

·         Self-care

 

 Program Outline:

Day 1Day 2

Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

Background and Course Objectives

 

Practising ARISE
Using Role-Plays
Understanding Crisis Responses
Stress and Traumatic Stress
Age-related Stress responses
Grief and Loss
Working with Caregivers and Parents
Equipping caregivers and parents
ARISE Steps for Crisis Intervention
Age-appropriate Interventions
Self-Care as a First Aider
Impact of being a First Aider
Self-Care Tips