Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE DGP0908

 
TITLE Mental Health First Aid

 
LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

 
ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

 
DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

 
DESCRIPTION This training will help participants to:
- Identify the prevalent symptoms of a mental health problem or crisis.
- Approach, assess and assist a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.
- Be able to listen to a person who is suffering from a mental health problem or crisis in a non-judgemental and confidential manner.
- Be able to provide support and information to a person who is suffering from a mental health problem or crisis.
- Be able to encourage a person suffering from a mental problem or crisis to seek professional help.
- Be able to understand the importance of the encouragement from family members and friends of a person who is suffering from a mental health problem or crisis.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the unit, participants will obtain the theoretical and practical skills in recognising and responding to mental health problems until professional help is sought.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutor during the sessions.

Assessment:

A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the academic year.

Detailed Training Programme Content:

Session 1
Mental Health Problems in Malta
- Prevalence & Impact
- Spectrum of Interventions & Recovery

Session 2
Mental Health First Aid
- Why MHFA?
- The MHFA Action Plan

Depression
- Signs, Symptoms, & Risk Factors
- Interventions

Session 3
The MHFA Action Plan for Depression
Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Session 4
Anxiety
- Problems Signs, symptoms and risk factors
- Interventions

Session 5
The MHFA Action Plan for anxiety problems
Crisis first aid for panic attacks
Crisis first aid after a traumatic event

Session 6
Psychosis
- Signs, symptoms and risk factors
- Interventions

Session 7
The MHFA Action Plan for psychosis
Crisis first aid for severe psychotic states

Session 8
Substance Use Problems
- Signs, symptoms, risk factors and interventions
- The MHFA Action Plan for substance use problems
- Crisis first aid for severe effects of substance use
- Crisis first aid for aggressive behaviour

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there is an insufficient number of applicants.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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