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09/08/2017

Local sporting clubs have an important role in their players and their families lives, and by providing Mental Health First Aid training, the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and the Thick & Thin initiative are improving the support available to players.

07/08/2017

MHFA among 35 leading health organisations calling on the Federal Government to legislate for marriage equality and put an end to marriage discrimination.

02/08/2017

Each year the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey is released, and for the first time in 2017 has researched gambling, revealing that 1.4 million Australians are directly harmed by the activity.

Whilst people often know a lot about common physical health problems, ignorance of mental health is prevalent. Regular first aid courses are widespread, however most of these courses do not address helping with mental health problems. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training aims to fill this gap.

More about MHFA Australia's purpose.

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Face to face course

MHFA has a network of over 1000 accredited Instructors delivering training in communities and workplaces across Australia . To find a course in your area, use the Course Calendar or Find an Instructor in your area.

eLearning

Providing flexibility in training, Blended MHFA Courses combine eLearning and a half day of follow-on face-to-face training. Currently available for white-collar workers, tertiary students, medical and nursing students. Also available self-paced eLearning only for Pharmacists and Financial Counsellors.

Instructor training

Our intensive week long Instructor Training Courses accredit suitable candidates to become MHFA Instructors who can deliver courses in their community or workplace. MHFA Australia provides ongoing support and professional development to accredited MHFA Instructors.

Information and guides

MHFA offers free information and resources to assist you in supporting someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. For Guidelines, quick tips and other free materials, see the links under Resources.

The Mental Health First Aid International Manual is most relevant to people living in developed countries, which have established mental health care systems equivalent in standard to those in Australia and where the culture could be described as Western. Available now in the shop.

MHFA International

MHFA is a universal mental health program that has spread to 23 countries around the world.