Course overview | Mental Health First Aid

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An introduction to the MHFA courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Courses are delivered by an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor. You can find a course near you on our Courses Calendar, or you can contact an instructor directly to arrange a course for your organisation or group.

There are core Mental Health First Aid courses to learn how to assist specific population groups, and specialised Mental Health First Aid courses to learn how to help someone experiencing a specific crisis or situation.

Core courses

Standard

12-hour course for adults assisting other adults.

Youth

14-hour course for adults assisting young people.

Older Person

12 hour course for adults assisting a person aged over 65.

ABORIGINAL

14-hour course for adults assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Person.

Teen

3 classroom based sessions for adolescents assisting their peers.

Specialised Courses

MHFA for the suicidal person

Half-day course for adults assisting someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

MHFA for non-suicidal self-injury

Half-day course for adults assisting someone engaging in self-injury.

MHFA for gambling problems

Half-day course for adults assisting someone experiencing gambling problems.

Talking about suicide

5 hour course that teaches people how to support an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person who is having suicidal thoughts.

Flexible delivery

The 12 hour Standard Course (for adults assisting other adults) can be delivered flexibly, consisting of eLearning followed by a half-day face-to-face workshop. The eLearning component usually takes about 6-8 hours and can be completed over several sessions.

The flexible delivery option is available for:

  • Workplace
  • Tertiary students
  • Pharmacy
  • Legal Professionals
  • Insolvency Professionals

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Online delivery

An online course is available for Australian multinational organisations with workplaces overseas and for organisations which do not have an MHFA program operating in their country.

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Update
your skills

If you are an Accredited MHFAider, you can update your MHFA skills and renew your accreditation by completing a half day workshop. Your accreditation will be valid for another three years.

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Comments and feedback from previous participants

It taught people how to cope with not only their problems but help others with theirs. It could benefit people greatly now and in the future.

Ellen

Extremely glad I did the course, my knowledge has definitely grown in mental health in general but also how to be a first aid officer in mental health. Very helpful when working in the field but also in everyday life.

Olek

Very informative and helpful. Valuable skills and knowledge gained that can be applied in the workplace and life more broadly.

Thanh