Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Course Information

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The MHFA Program acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, and pays our respect to Elders past, present and future.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.

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This course teaches members of the public (18 years and over) how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

What the course covers

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing
  • Mental health problems in communities
  • Mental health first aid strategies for working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Developing mental health problems covered are:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course is designed as a 14 hour course, typically conducted in 6 modules over 2 days; however the delivery format is flexible. 

How to find a course

MHFA does not centrally coordinate courses. Contact any of the AMHFA instructors listed on the Instructor page to arrange a course in your area. Instructors also advertise their courses at our course calendar. Most instructors are willing to travel but need expenses covered.

Who can attend a course?

Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.


Your local instructor can inform you of their individual fees. 

More Information

Download AMHFA 14 Hour Course A4 Info Sheet (150 KB) for more details or read our help section for Frequently Asked Questions.