Blended Online MHFA Tertiary | Mental Health First Aid

The Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course is adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults which teaches students in tertiary settings how to assist a fellow student developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The course teaches tertiary students how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs. The mental health first aid skills learnt can be applied to help any adult.

Developed in response to COVID-19, the new Blended Online Tertiary Mental Health First Aid in the course includes two course components.

Course component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning

Developing mental health problems covered:
  • 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 behaviours.

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 Tertiary 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.

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 document includes:

  • Ensuring you have someone to talk to about the content if you need to
  • Contact phone numbers for counselling and crisis services

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 - Videoconferencing (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 videoconferencing 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.