What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves (Kitchener & Jorm, 2002).

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in training programs developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia, a national not-for-profit health promotion charity focused on mental health training and research.

Mental Health First Aid is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.


Find a face-to-face course in your area

MHFA has a network of over 1000 accredited Instructors delivering MHFA Courses across Australia. MHFA does not centrally coordinate these courses. To find a course in your local area, use the Course Calendar orĀ Find an Instructor in your area and contact them directly to request training in your community or workplace.


Do your MHFA training online

We also have free eLearning courses available for specific groups. See if you're eligible.

Instructor Training

Teach MHFA in your community or workplace

Our intensive week long Instructor Training Courses accredit suitable candidates to become MHFA Instructors who can then deliver courses in their community or workplace. Instructors receive ongoing support from the MHFA team. See if you meet the selection criteria.