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This year the theme for World Mental Health Day is: Dignity in Mental Health - Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All. Mental Health First Aid teaches first aid skills in how to help someone you’re concerned about who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental illness or a mental health crisis.


Mental Health First Aid Australia wholeheartedly supports the position statement on marriage equality released today by Mental Health Australia. People who identify as LGBTIQ have higher rates of mental illness and suicide than the general community. Any discrimination that targets LGBTIQ people has a negative impact on their mental health. We call on the Australian Government to save the $160 million committed to holding a plebiscite on marriage equality and instead pass marriage equality laws through the Parliament. Learn more here.


The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Program Manager is a Melbourne based part-time position, which holds overall responsibility of the training content and development of the program currently primarily funded through grants from the Australian Government. This is an identified role.

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.


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 (free to 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.