Older Person MHFA | Mental Health First Aid
Older Person MHFA

Older Person MHFA Instructors are accredited to deliver the 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid course which teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to older adults (aged 65 and over) who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

What the course covers

Course participants learn about  the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Confusion and dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Delirium
  • Unsafe or challenging behaviours due to confusion
  • Severe effects of alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course, which can be delivered as either:

  • A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), OR
  • As 4 separate training modules (3 hours each)

Course participants receive a copy of the Older Person MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

MHFA Manual

A manual is provided to each participant attending this 12-hour MHFA course.

Who can attend a course?

Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Finding a course

MHFA does not centrally coordinate courses. Contact any of the OMHFA instructors listed on the Instructor page to arrange a course in your area. Instructors also advertise their courses at our course calendar. Most instructors are willing to travel but need expenses covered.


Your local instructor can inform you of their individual fees.

Need further information?

Also check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
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