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03/08/2016

Congratulations to Aboriginal MHFA Instructor Leilani Darwin. At the recent National Suicide Prevention Conference in Canberra, Leilani was awarded the 2016 National LiFE Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention for a program she has developed called the United Health Education and Learning Program (UHELP) in consultation with the community.

20/07/2016

We are thrilled to announce that the World Federation for Mental Health has set the theme for World Mental Health Day 2016 as 'psychological and mental health first aid for all.'

24/05/2016

We are grateful for two recent funding announcements for MHFA: the Victorian State Government announced over the weekend that 750 people will be trained in MHFA as part of a relief package for dairy farmers and the Coalition Government today announced that over 3,000 job seekers and 450 school attendance officers will be trained in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA

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.

Our activities

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 (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.