The Blended Online MHFA Community Course is adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults and teaches participants how to assist a friend, family member, or other members of the community who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental health first aid skills learnt in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content is tailored for community setting delivery using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs.
Developed in response to COVID-19, the new Blended Online Community Mental Health First Aid in the course includes two course components.
Course component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning
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Course component 2 - Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)
This course component allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate practical skills in a group environment.
The video conferencing component is designed to be delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component of the Blended Online MHFA Community Course.
In this training, delivered 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 video conferencing includes large and small group activities, providing 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.
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 document 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?
Enrolling in this Blended Online Course is a two-step process:
1. Enrol and complete Course Component 1 - eLearning
2. Attend the Course Component 2 - Video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) with one of our accredited MHFA Instructors.
If you have any questions check the FAQ for Blended Online MHFA courses.
Find and book Course Component 2 – Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) with an accredited MHFA Instructor
The Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) 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.
What is the cost?
- The cost of the eLearning course is $55 which includes an optional hard copy MHFA Manual.
- The cost of the 2 x 2.5 hour video conferencing sessions 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 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.
"Training was well worth the wait. The Instructor was an excellent facilitator and there was plenty of value-add as well as revision (which I really needed) of the online course materials." Merryn Lancaster, Victorian Public Sector Commission.
"I'll also add that the workplace course is perfect. My clients have been asking for this for such a long time. It also compliments other workplace training such as risk management and resilience building. My training repertoire is now just how I want it." Doula Theodosi, Return to Work Consultant, Principal Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor.