Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 30 November 2017) . . Page.. 5573 ..
With regard to EAP, the confidential nature of the program means that no feedback information is sought or available.
(4) No information is available on the benefits of mental health first aid training for staff or school communities. Given the confidential nature of EAP this information is also unavailable.
(5) As it is not centrally budgeted the cost of Mental Health First Aid Training is not known.
(6) The Directorate is unable to disaggregate school budgets for staff training in mental health first aid training.
ACT Health—mental health training
(Question No 823)
Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Mental Health, upon notice, on 1 December 2017:
(1) What mental health first aid training programs are offered in the ACT by (a) ACT Health and (b) the private sector.
(2) For mental health first aid training programs offered by ACT Health (a) is there a dedicated training team, (b) what is the program curriculum, (c) how often is the program offered, (d) to what government agencies is it offered and (e) what was the take-up in (i) 2015-16 and (ii) 2016-17.
(3) For mental health first aid training programs offered by the private sector (a) how much did the directorate spend on staff training in mental health first aid during 2016-17, (b) what is the directorate’s budget for 2017-18, (c) what does ACT Health do to encourage directorate staff to undergo the program and (d) what was the take-up in (i) 2016-17 and (ii) 2017-18.
(4) What does ACT Health do to encourage other government agencies to offer staff training in mental health first aid.
(5) What has been the response.
(6) What have been the benefits to (a) staff and (b) the community.
Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
1. The definition of mental health first aid is “the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis - the first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves” (Mental Health First Aid Australia). Training programs offered by ACT Health broadly aim to increase awareness of mental health conditions, the risk and protective factors, and promote self-care, as well as to build the confidence and skills of staff to support someone who may be experiencing mental health difficulties.