Course overview | Mental Health First Aid

An Introduction to
Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia offers a suite of early-intervention courses that increase mental health literacy and teach the practical skills needed to support someone experiencing 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.

All our core and specialty 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 accredited Instructor directly to arrange a course for your organisation, school or group.

There are five core Mental Health First Aid courses available that have been developed to teach participants how to assist people within specific population groups. After completing a core Mental Health First Aid course, participants are eligible to complete an online assessment to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Accreditation lasts for a period of 3 years.

There are also a range of specialised Mental Health First Aid courses available to teach participants how to help someone experiencing a specific crisis or situation.

Available Core Courses

Standard Mental Health First Aid

Suitable for adults in workplaces, schools, and community settings to support other adults
12-hour course available via face-to face, blended face-to face, and online delivery modes

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Suitable for school staff, support workers, parents, and other adults to support young people
14-hour course available via face-to face, blended face-to face, and online delivery modes

Older Person Mental Health First Aid

Suitable for adults who work with, live with or care for a person aged over 65
12-hour course available via face-to-face delivery mode

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

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

Teen Mental Health First Aid

Suitable for adolescents in Years 7-9 and 10-12 to provide peer-to-peer support
3.5-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

YOUTH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

Suitable for school staff, support workers, parents, and other adults to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait young people
14-hour course available via face-to face and online delivery modes

Refresher courses

Mental Health First Aid offers 4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Refresher Courses that allow current Standard or Youth Accredited MHFAiders to refresh their knowledge and skills and extend their accreditation for another 3-year period.

A 4-hour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Refresher is available via face-to-face delivery.

Refresher courses must be completed between the 2.6 and 3.3-year mark.

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course.

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 14 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course.

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the skills learnt during the 14 hour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course.

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Specialised Courses

Conversations about Suicide

Suitable for adults supporting someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours

4-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

Conversations about non-suicidal self-injury

Suitable for adults supporting someone engaging in self-injury

4-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

Conversations about gambling

Suitable for adults supporting someone experiencing gambling problems

4-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

Talking about suicide

Suitable for adults supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours

5-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

Talking about Gambling

Suitable for adults supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders experiencing gambling problems

5-hour course available via a face-to face delivery mode

Course Delivery Modes

In addition to face-to-face Instructor led training, Mental Health First Aid Australia also offers flexible blended delivery options for many of our core and speciality courses.

Blended Face-to-Face AND Blended Online Courses include two components:

Blended Mental Health First Aid Courses include two components: a self-paced eLearning component followed by an Instructor-led workshop component that is delivered face-to-face or online using video conferencing technology which offers eLearning course content review and practical skill application.

Blended course options are ideal for many workplaces and specialised settings where 2-day face-to-face training courses are more challenging for course participant attendance.

Face-to-Face

A 2-day course led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor

Blended face-to-Face

Self-paced eLearning component, followed by face-to-face session led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor

Blended Online

Self-paced eLearning component, followed by video conferencing session/s led by an Accredited MHFA Instructor

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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