Mental Health First Aid:
Non-suicidal Self Harm Workshop

22 April 2020 | The Gold Coast, Queensland

Phone: 07 4153 4215
Email: [email protected]

Mental Health First Aid: Non-suicidal Self Harm Workshop

4 CPD Hours

Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention.

These numbers would indicate that acute hospitals, aged care services, and medical practices would have clients presenting with mental illness that require support and diagnosis – but a large number of these services do not employ mental health trained staff.

There will also be a number of staff in the workplace who will also experience a mental illness in the next 12 months and your service will need to have the resources to identify those that may need support and ongoing assistance.

The term ‘non-suicidal self-injury’ (NSSI) describes a behaviour where a person deliberately or purposefully hurts themselves.
It is used to refer to self-injury that is not intended to result in death.

When we use the term ‘self-injury’ we are specifically excluding painful or damaging behaviours that are socially accepted or ‘sanctioned’ such as tattooing, piercing or other forms of body art, and cultural practices involving injury.

This course gives participants an opportunity to learn how to help someone who is engaging in self-injury.

During the Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course, you will learn how to assist a person who is engaging in for any interested adult. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of why people self-injure
  • Explore how to talk to and assist a person who self injures
  • Investigate the types of help available for this client group
  • Learn how to recognise suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Course participants receive a Certificate of Completion as evidence of their continuing CPD requirements.

Please Note:

  • Any interested Nurse or other health professionals can attend.
  • This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give mental health first aid support to others.
  • Numbers to this course are limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

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Our Presenter:

Sue Walker

R.N., BACH NURSING (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care), MACN

Specialist Nurse Educator

Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Workshop Program:

22/04/2020 | 1300 – 1700

Sessions covered in this workshop are:

  • How do we cope
  • What is non-suicidal self injury
  • Why do people self injure
  • Signs and symptoms of NSSI
  • 3 key actions to assist someone who is engaging in non-suicidal self injury


This Course is Endorsed by

This training course is endorsed by ACN according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards. It has been allocated 12 CPD hours according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia – Continuing Professional Development Standard

This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 12 CPD hours.

Successful completion of the Standard Mental Health First Aid course earns 12 CMHN continuing professional education (CPE) points.

This activity has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria. Completion of this educational activity entitles eligible participants to claim up to 12 CPD hours.

The Venue:

Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters

Corner of Sunshine Boulevard & Markeri Street
Mermaid Waters, The Gold Coast

If you are looking for a place to stay, we have secured a special rate for our attendees, of $149.00 per night including breakfast, call 07 5572 2500 and quote the reservation number (#2473132) when making your booking to take advantage of this offer.

Things to do during your visit

The attractions of the Gold Coast bring smiles to people of all ages and stages. With exhilarating rides, exotic animals and endless waterslides to help you cool off on hot summer days, your Gold Coast holiday offers a full spectrum of interactive entertainment – from dazzling big budget Gold Coast theme parks to small, hilariously kitsch museums.

Amusements and Theme Parks

The Coast’s kid cred is already world renowned – theme parks rise from the sand and sea. Jump into cute, cuddly and roaring wildlife encounters; worlds built entirely for those that bounce; and ice-creameries serving up sugar highs from just about every corner.

Need a bit of Retail Therapy?

Shopping on the Gold Coast reflects an easy, breezy resort aesthetic – markets, outlet malls, boutiques and high-end designers.

Enjoy some fabulous food

The Coast is a place where night bites, hatted restaurants, street-eats and breweries are all served with a side of alfresco. A place where five-star feasting means dusting the sand from your feet; where surfers swap their boards for a latte at sun-up and little ones break from beachside frolics to feast on epic spreads of fish and chips.

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See what other MHFA attendees have said…

Sue was fantastic, she presented in a very engaging and timely manner and kept everyone entertained throughout the duration of the course.  She also allowed herself and everyone in the course to have their own perspectives from their own experiences with mental health, which was very interesting considering we had such a diverse range of clinical specialisations attending the course.

Sue gave excellent coverage of the course with her ease of manner and I feel it will be beneficial to me both in my nursing work and my personal life. 

Sue had an engaging style for lecturing on this subject and was easy to listen to.She encouraged questions and answered most of them.The exercises to illustrate different mental health problems were good as were the videos showing situations when dealing with mental health patients.

Conference Education Governance

The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient’s experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

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Costs & Inclusions

  • An education program based on current best practice information
  • A Presenter that is recognised as an expert in their field and is excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with program Attendees
  • A satchel that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard, and additional information to support a fantastic education experience
  • A lovely afternoon tea
  • A Certificate of Completion issued by Mental Health First Aid Australia for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
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Registration Cost


$142.50 (NCI Members)

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