Mental Health First Aid Course


This course is now available online

NOW is the perfect time to book your team in!

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing an existing mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. At present, you can choose from Community MHFA, Workplace MHFA or Tertiary MHFA courses.

All have the same core foundational content with the practical activities, scenarios and context tailored to better meet the needs of the respective environments.

What is a Mental Health First Aid course?

The online Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. Curriculum content is evidence-based, with the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates.

As of 2020, over 850,000 Australians and almost 4 million people worldwide have attended a MHFA course.

The success of this training both in Australia and worldwide is attributed to MHFA Australia's commitment to evaluating its training programs using rigorous, scientific studies, since the program began in 2000. MHFA Australia studies have shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreased stigmatising attitudes and increased  amount and type of support provided to others.

Course Content

The Community, Workplace and Tertiary versions of the MHFA course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or mental health crises:

Developing mental health problems:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour online course consisting of 7hrs of self-paced e-learning and 2 x 2.5hr Live Zoom interactive group workshops with your Instructor. Course participants receive a copy of the SMHFA Manual and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider once the post-training quiz is completed.

Why attend a MHFA Course?

As a participant, you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem.

Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Attendees who complete this training are eligible to participate in the online Accreditation Assessment, to receive a Mental Health First Aid Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

Organisations with increased mental health literacy (determined by the percentage of employees who are mental health first aiders) are eligible for gold, silver and bronze workplace recognition.

How much is the course investment?

Please contact us for a quote to get the most competitive price for the number of people attending. NB: You can also choose a Wellness Package with add-ons including Corporate Wellness Coaching, Online Mindfulness/Yoga sessions and/or Mindset Workshops. These are separate to the course.

The maximum size for online MHFA course is 12 people and multiple courses can be run to cater for larger groups and your organisational needs.

Who can attend a MHFA course?

Any interested adult living in Australia can attend this online course which is delivered in English and requires the ability to access and navigate e-learning and Zoom teleconfering platforms. Otherwise, there are no prerequisites.

How do I sign up for a course?

If you represent a workplace interested in having a private course held for your team, please phone Melitta Pinney or fill out the contact form below to send an email.

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Note: The information provided in MHFA courses is for general mental health first aid only and is not intended to be and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specific professional medical advice.