To fully apply yourself to mental health first aid, it is recommended that you take a Mental Health First Aid course but here is a brief explanation of two important acronyms Dr ABC and ALGEE.
Narrator: If you’ve ever attended a first aid course, you would have learnt the Dr ABC. It’s an acronym that defines a step by step action plan to deal with physical injuries. Mental Health First Aid uses a similar series of steps under the acronym ALGEE. A is to assess the risk of suicide or harm, L is to listen non judgmentally, G is to give reassurance, E is to encourage the person to get appropriate professional help and E is to encourage self-help strategies. If you encounter someone that you feel may be suffering from mental illness put this action plan to use. To fully apply yourself to mental health first aid, it is recommended that you take a mental health first aid course. For a list of courses, check out the Mental Health First Aid website at www.mhfa.com.au. Further information can also be found through the Mental Health Council of Australia.