St John has launched an online version of its popular Mental Health First Aid course.
Formerly, the course was only available for participation in a classroom setting. As this was not possible during the country’s response to Covid-19 under alert levels 3 and 4, St John adapted the existing course for online delivery.
St John programme and development manager Gabrielle Wildbore says with the mental health of New Zealanders top of mind as the country grapples with the impact of Covid-19, help to address the matter is now more accessible.
The course aims to reduce the stigma of talking about mental health and provides New Zealanders with tools to enable them to respond to individuals experiencing mental health concerns.
Participants are taught how to understand the signs that someone may be struggling, helpful things they can say and do, and how to support individuals in seeking help.
The course covers anxiety, depression, problem gambling, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as suicide and self-harm.
Ms Wildbore says students taking the course can learn at their own pace, whenever and wherever they like. It is made up of modules that can be completed online in about five hours.