Any public-sector organisation or agency can now acquire MHFA training through TAFE SA.
Training employees in mental health first aid increases general awareness of mental health in public sector workplaces and the capability to provide mental health first aid.
TAFE SA has been appointed to the panel by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.
At least 2,000 public sector employees are expected to undertake the training by 2020.
TAFE SA Education Manager Community Services, Carolyn Jones, said that one in five Australians suffer from a mental illness.
“Employees with no formal training in mental health can be taught to understand ways to assist a struggling workmate or peer who may be experiencing a mental health issue or crisis,” Ms Jones said.
TAFE SA has delivered MHFA training to members of the public and to industry since 2013 along with a range of other mental health and wellbeing training.
“We are thrilled to be an approved provider for the South Australian public sector and we look forward to working with Government organisations to deliver the training needed”, Ms Jones said.
TAFE SA is registered with Mental Health First Aid Australia, the founders of the MHFA course, and have an ongoing relationship with the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia, a peak industry body in mental health.
For more information about how TAFE SA can deliver MHFA in your workplace, please contact TAFE SA Education Manager Community Services, Carolyn Jones on 0439 470 173 or at Carolyn.Jones@tafesa.edu.au.