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.

Refresher courses

Refresher courses are 4 hour face-to-face courses that allow people who have previously completed a 12 or 14 hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

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.

Specialised Courses

Conversations about Suicide

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

Conversations about non-suicidal self-injury

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

Conversations about gambling

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.

Talking about Gambling

5-hour workshop for adults assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person experiencing gambling problems.

Flexible delivery

Mental Health First Aid offers a flexible blended course delivery option for some of our accredited courses.

Blended Mental Health First Aid courses are an alternate delivery pathway for our 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course (for adults assisting other adults). Blended Mental Health Courses include two components: self-paced eLearning (6-8 hours), followed by an Instructor-led face-to-face workshop for 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.



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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