Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander | Mental Health First Aid

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults 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.

An introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA course

The 14-hour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adult. You will learn how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on evidence from the expert consensus of Aboriginal people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

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What’s the format?

This is a 14-hour course, typically conducted over 2 days.

Who can attend?

Any adult can attend.

What is the cost?

MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local instructor can confirm their attendance fees.

Why attend a course?

Research has found this course to be effective and culturally appropriate, empowering Aboriginal people and providing information that is highly relevant in assisting Aboriginal people experiencing mental health problems.

Why MHFA?

MHFA course
accreditation

Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become Accredited.

What the course covers

Learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing, mental health problems in communities, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered

Depression and anxiety
Psychosis
Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered

Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Non-suicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm)
Panic attacks
Traumatic events
Severe effects of drug and alcohol abuse
Severe psychotic states
Aggressive behaviours

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MHFA course near you

Mental Health First Aid courses are run all over Australia. Click the button below and search for a course in your area.

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Comments and feedback from
previous participants

"The course was easy to understand and offered practical knowledge that I feel will help me assist somebody experiencing mental health issues"

Roy

"Very interesting and thought-provoking. We now have been given the tools to be able to identify and assist our client and community member facing mental health issues"

Dianne

"Really impressed. I am confident that my team gained alot of knowledge and have already put this into practice in their daily work-life"

Sharmila