Mental Health Social Support Help those around you suffering mental illness in silence

Aims of the Course

The emphasis in this course is on assisting with the psychological and emotional wellbeing of the person whom you are helping, rather than on the skills needed to address physical injuries and illness. For this reason, the skills you learn may be applied to very common, everyday situations.

There may be no evidence of cause for the distress that you observe in someone, but you may feel that there is nevertheless grief or stress present, and you would like to feel competent to help in some way. Thus, the course will also teach you how to recognise symptoms of mental distress that might not be so evident to others.

By the end of the course, you will be able to identify:

  1. What roles you might take up as a Mental Health Social Supporter
  2. How to recognise if someone needs Mental Health Social Support
  3. What traps you will want to avoid in the helping process
  4. What personal qualities and skills will help you to be effective
  5. What responsibilities you take on as part of this sort of caring: both to your helpee and to yourself
  6. Which aspects of a person you should work with when you intend to comfort, encourage, or provide practical guidance to a helpee
  7. What “micro-skills”, such as effective listening, questioning, and challenging, will help you to have maximum positive impact on your helpee(s)*.

*These micro-skills of mental health helping are so important that they are demonstrated through short role play videos, recorded by professional counsellors and accessible online via the MHSS student dashboard.



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Mental Health Social Support

Locked Bag 15, Fortitude Valley Q 4006
47 Baxter Street, Fortitude Valley Q 4006

Phone 1800 657 667

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