In Australia, about 1.1% of the adult population (about 200,000 people) can be categorised as having gambling problems, with a further 230,000 to 350,000 experiencing moderate risks that may make them vulnerable to gambling problems.
Many Australian’s lives are impacted directly and indirectly as a result of problem gambling.
Those with gambling problems are at increased risk of suicide and likely to
experience mental health problems including depression, anxiety and substance use problems.
This course aims to address these concerns by teaching community members
how to provide mental health first aid to people experiencing gambling problems.
What the Course Covers
Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the
Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English
speaking developed countries.
You will learn:
- The risk factors, signs and symptoms and motivations which may underpin gambling problems
- How to approach someone about their gambling problems
- How relapse might affect someone with gambling problems
- How to manage your own self-care when helping someone with gambling problems.
You will also have the opportunity to practice these skills in a safe environment.
About Mental Health First Aid Courses
Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. MHIST offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.