eLearning Component of the Blended MHFA Community Course | Mental Health First Aid
Blended Online MHFA Community

Course Description

The Blended MHFA Community Course has been adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults.

In this informative and practical course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Mental health first aid skills learnt by participants in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of community/public course participants.

The new Blended MHFA Community Course includes two course components.

Course Component 1 –Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)
The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.
Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviour

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led component delivered either face-to-face or via videoconferencing.

  • Video conferencing option is 2 x 2.5 hour sessions
  • Face-to-face option is one 4-hour session.

Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Course component 2 must be completed within 3-months of completing component 1 (eLearning).

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Course Delivery & Course Fees

The total course fee comprises two components:

Course Component 1: This self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours) component of the course is completed on Mental Health First Aid Australia’s eLearning platform.
The cost of the eLearning course (Course Component 1) is $88 including GST and is available for purchase directly through the MHFA Australia website or may be purchased via an accredited MHFA Instructor as part of a total course price. Whether purchasing directly via the MHFA website or via an Instructor, the eLearning course component price includes a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual, but does not include the cost of postage.

Course Component 2:The Instructor-led sessions are delivered by our accredited Blended MHFA Community Instructor.
The cost of Course Component 2 is set by your local Instructor who works independently. Contact your local instructor to confirm their individual fees. Prices may vary depending on specific course delivery requirements, other localised grant subsidies accessible by an accredited Instructor and/or consultancy services that may be provided by the Instructor.

Component 2 (Instructor led face-to-face or online learning sessions) must be completed within 3 months after completing Component 1 (eLearning).
We therefore recommend that before commencing Component 1 (eLearning) you first coordinate and enrol in the delivery of Component 2. This can be done by contacting an Instructor directly AND will ensure that both components are completed within the appropriate timeframe.

Course Enrolment

All Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered to community members using our decentralised and committed national network of more than 2,000 accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors.
This same accredited Instructor network will be delivering the Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (Component 2) of our Blended MHFA Community courses.
There are two possible pathways to register for the Blended MHFA Community course. Both pathways require the completion of 2 course components.

  1. Purchase both course components via an independent accredited MHFA Instructor
    Search for all upcoming Blended MHFA Community Courses via our Course Calendar Page by searching ‘Blended Community Course' here.
  2. Purchase the first eLearning course component directly from MHFA Australia and then identify an independent accredited MHFA Instructor to provide the second course component

    In the second pathway, there is a two-step enrolment and payment process required for course participants to complete the full Blended Online MHFA Community Course.

    1. Step 1 - Enrol, pay and complete Blended MHFA Community Course Component 1 eLearning. You can register your details, pay and enrol in Course Component 1 eLearning by clicking the enrol here button below.
    2. Step 2 - Find a course and suitable dates to complete Blended MHFA Community Course Component 2, the Instructor-led sessions

Identify available courses and suitable dates on the MHFA Australia Course Calendar and then make direct contact with the nominated MHFA Instructor to confirm your Course Component 2 booking and course fee.

Upon confirmation of your place, your course Instructor will send you a link via email to your Course Component 2 scheduled video conferencing sessions.

Instructor details and available Course Component 2 dates/times for all upcoming Blended MHFA Community Courses can be found on MHFA Australia’s Course Calendar Page by searching ‘Blended Community Course’ here.

*Please note: If attending an Online Component 2, the Instructor-led virtual sessions are live meetings conducted over the internet using video conferencing software (your Instructor will provide a link for you to the platform they use). Upon confirmation of your place, your course Instructor will send you a link via email to your Course Component 2 scheduled video conferencing sessions.

As a participant you will need a quiet location where you will have privacy.

You can attend via your computer or tablet as you will need to be able to read the screen easily. The Instructor needs to be able to see and hear you for you to participate in the training therefore access to a camera and a microphone for the duration of the session is mandatory. If your computer doesn’t have a microphone or camera built in you can still attend via your computer but will need to be also on camera using your smart phone or tablet at the same time. Please contact your Instructor if you want to discuss your technology options.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is adapted from the current Australian Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. Course specific content, health system information and resources related to the provision of Mental Health First Aid within Australia.

Course participants are required to be Australian residents and over the age of 18.