Blended Online AMHFA Community | Mental Health First Aid

The Blended Online AMHFA Community is a 2-component course that has been adapted from the Standard MHFA (SMHFA) course for people 18 years and over. This course has been developed to support information about providing mental health first aid, and undertaking self-care being provided into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This course is specifically targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • Have good English literacy.
  • Have some mental health literacy.
  • Are willing to do some independent reading, 7 hours of online learning, and the completion of required assessments.

In this informative and practical course, participants 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.

The course has been developed in response to COVID-19 and includes two course components:

Course Component 1 – A self-paced eLearning component (takes 7 hours to complete). All required resources including an AMHFA manual for participants are supplied online during the eLearning.

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing & Mental health problems in the community
  • Definitions of Mental health problems, Mental illness & Mental Health First Aid
  • Prevalence, signs and symptoms, crisis situations, ALGEE Action Plan and treatment and supports for:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychosis
    • Substance use problems

Course Component 2 – An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (5-hour face to face session, including breaks and set up time).

  • Revision of the eLearning content
  • Clarification of any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • The MHFA Action Plan & Mental Health Crisis
  • AMHFA Crisis Action Plan - Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts, behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Application of ALGEE for mental health problems and overcoming barriers to support seeking
  • Self-care

Further Information

Although most people who attend an MHFA course feel very positive afterwards, for some it may bring on some unpleasant feelings, particularly at times of great stress. It is best to do the training when you are feeling well, but in case you find yourself feeling upset about anything in the course, the following documents may be helpful and includes:

  • Ensuring you have someone to talk to about the content if you need to
  • Contact phone numbers for counselling and crisis services
  • Information about what to do if you begin to feel upset during the training.

What to do if you begin to feel upset during the training

How do I enrol?

  1. Enrol and complete Course Component 1 - Go to the Mental Health First Aid eLearning page and select the Blended Online AMHFA Community, this can be accessed here:
  2. Attend the Course Component 2 – Instructor led video conference session (5 hours)

Find and book Course Component 2 – Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (5 hours) with an accredited AMHFA Instructor
The Instructor-led video conferencing sessions are not centrally coordinated by Mental Health First Aid Australia. It is the responsibility of course participants to enrol in the video conferencing sessions at an appropriate time, after completing the eLearning. Remember to check the time zone as your Instructor may be conducting the sessions in a different State or Territory.
The Blended Online Mental Health Yarns Course is a privately requested course. Component 2 - Instructor led video conferencing is directly arranged with an accredited AMHFA Instructor.
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If you have not done so already you will need identify a local Instructor that is accredited to deliver this online course to arrange delivery of Component 2. You can find a local Instructor here:

What is the cost?

The cost of the eLearning course is $55 which includes an optional hard copy AMHFA manual.
The cost of the 5-hour video conferencing session is either $150 or $165, depending on whether the instructor needs to charge for GST. Your instructor can confirm their individual fees.

Become an Accredited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aider
Participants who complete both Course Components are then eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation which is valid for 3 years. Learn more here.