The Mental Health First Aid for Small Business Finance and Accounting sector teaches how to assist a co-worker, client or person in distress who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The mental health first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received.
Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective. The mental health first aid course does not teach people to provide a diagnosis or therapy.
Developing mental health problems covered in this course include:
• Anxiety problems
• Substance use problems
Mental health crises covered in this course include:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe psychotic states
• Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
• Aggressive behaviours
This one day course will be delivered by Stephen Dowling FIPA FFA.
About the speaker - Stephen Dowling FIPA FFA
As an IPA member for over 35 years and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Stephen has seen first-hand the impact of mental health illness in the small business, accounting and finance sectors.
Over recent years, as a volunteer Community Ambassador for RU OK? and Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Stephen has increased his focus on reducing risk of psychological and physical injury in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote communities.
Stephen believes that a lack of knowledge and stigmatising attitudes about psychological injury may prevent some people from seeking help early, and limit the ability of business owners, managers, and co-workers to provide mental health first aid to their workmates and clients until appropriate professional treatment can be sought.