eLearning Component of the Blended Youth Mental Health First Aid Course | Mental Health First Aid
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Adolescence is the peak age of onset for mental illness

Young people are at high risk of developing mental health problems, and those problems may go undetected in the guise of normal adolescent mood changes and developmental stage challenges. In high schools, at home, and in community groups, there is great need for adults to have mental health first aid skills.

Mental health training is more accessible than ever before

PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that you first organise an Instructor to complete the follow-up face-to-face component before you commence the eLearning component, as you will need to complete the face-to-face within 3 months after completing the eLearning.

The 14-hour Youth MHFA Course is widely available and can be delivered anywhere an instructor is located. With this new option, our aim is to make mental health training more widely accessible, particularly in schools that find it difficult to release their staff to attend 14 hours of training. It is completed in a Blended format, combining eLearning plus a follow-up component which is done in a full-day (or 2 x half-days) face-to-face session or 3 x 2.5 hour sessions via videoconferencing.

Key information

  • $55 AUD for e-learning and manual only
    Costs for the face to face session to be discussed and arranged with an instructor
  • 12 months access to our self-paced course online via our Moodle LMS
  • Online access to a PDF version of the MHFA Manual so you can get started right away
  • Approx 3-4 hours to complete
  • eCertificate of completion on successful completion of the course (PDF)
  • Audio, video, case scenarios and short multiple choice quizzes to keep you engaged
  • Online, email and telephone technical support

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The Blended Youth Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults how to assist an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. It may be the preferred option for people supporting young adults aged 19-21.

This course is offered in a blended format consisting of a self-paced eLearning module (3.5 hours) and an instructor-led component (which can be delivered face to face or via video conferencing).

Course component 1Self-paced interactive eLearning
Course participants will receive an introduction to mental health, mental health problems and mental health first aid. Each module will cover statistics and facts about the particular mental health problem, how to recognise the signs that someone may be experiencing the problem.

Developing mental health problems covered:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
Mental health crises covered:
  • Panic attacks
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Course component 2 - Instructor-led component
This course component allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate practical skills in a group environment. The instructor-led component is designed to be delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component of the course.In this training, delivered in person or over video conference from wherever you are, the focus is on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component. The instructor-led component includes large and small group activities, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Learn crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Learn crisis first aid for traumatic events
  • Review a range of resources that a mental health first aider could refer someone to when providing mental health first aid.

Eligibility Criteria

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