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We are working towards a world where everyone has the first aid skills to support people with mental health problems.

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Welcome to Mental Health First Aid Australia

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Many people are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance. Physical first aid is accepted and widespread in our community, however most do not cover mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they're concerned about.

Since its inception in 2000, Mental Health First Aid has evolved into a global movement that shows no signs of stopping.

3 M+

Over 3 million people trained globally and counting…

25+

Over 25 countries have now adopted MHFA

800,000+

Over 800,000 Australians have completed our courses.

4500+

Over 4500 MHFA courses are run in Australia each year.

Millions of people have become Mental Health First Aiders… be one too.

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Simple process

1. Decide which course

We have a number of different courses for you to choose from whether you are an individual or an organisation.

2. Find your local instructor

Use our search tool to find the time and location of your chosen course and then contact your local instructor.

3. Get Accredited

Once you have taken the course you will be able to go ahead and become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Becoming an MHFA instructor has changed my life in many ways...
It is so rewarding to see the difference made in our community by the courses I teach.

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Why complete an MHFA course?

Confidence to help

You will learn the knowledge and skills to offer first aid for a mental health problem.

Evidence-based

MHFA courses are evidence based and go through a process of continuous evaluation.

Action plan

Learn the ALGEE Action Plan and be equipped to help an individual with a mental health problem.

Global community

Join a global community at the forefront of mental health.

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Be One of the Million

Over 800,000 people across Australia have now been trained in Mental Health First Aid and we are calling on individuals all over the country to learn the skills, become a Mental Health First Aider and Be one of the Million.

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Melissa

Melissa is a HR Business Partner at Coca Cola Amatil. When she saw how her manager helped an employee in need, she knew that she had to complete MHFA. She now puts her skills into action at work and is an advocate for promoting good mental health in her organisation.

Harjyot

Harjyot is a medical student at JCU, and grew up in a rural community in North Queensland. When she saw the impact of natural disasters on the agricultural and indigenous communities in her area she decided to pursue a medical degree and complete MHFA.

Fiona

Fiona is a family lawyer with her own practice in NSW. When she experienced burnout and stress in the workplace, it was a motivator to complete MHFA. She can now better support her clients and the next generation of lawyers.

Tim

Tim is the student club president at St. Hilda’s College. When he realised that he and his friends didn’t have the skills to help a friend in crisis he put in motion a plan to ensure all college students could complete MHFA.

Toni

Toni is a lecturer and a senior pastor in Victoria. When he saw the struggles that many migrants have when joining a new community, he decided to complete MHFA so he could better support them.

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Over 800,000 people across Australia have now been trained in Mental Health First Aid. Learn the skills to be confident and prepared when someone in your life needs help. Be one of the million.

Latest news from Mental Health First Aid

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A conversation could change a life and the right skills can make the difference.

01/03/2019

Latest MHFA Australia Annual Report (2017) Available Now

27/07/2018

The Launch of Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

27/07/2018

Comments and feedback from previous participants

Very worthwhile and relevant course for not only my professional life but my personal life also. Highly recommended.

Devina

I believe that it would be beneficial for everyone to complete this course, especially when mental health is such a pressing issue in today's society.

Mau

I feel empowered to provide mental health first aid support to people experiencing mental problems including young people in the community.

Ami