What the course covers:
The courses teach medical students how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to give 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 first aid in a crisis situation.
These student courses are tailored versions of the 12-hour Standard MHFA Course, the content of which is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world. An expert working group of medical professionals have guided the tailoring process.
|Developing mental health problems covered are:
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All MHFA Courses teach how to give mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.
13-hour face-to-face course
Blended - self-paced eLearning plus a half-day follow-up face-to-face session
|The face-to-face course can be delivered as either a 2-day training package or separately as 4-5 modules.||OR||The Blended course involves an eLearning component which is self-paced and takes about 6-8 hours to complete, plus a half-day follow-up face-to-face session, which should be completed within 3 months after completing eLearning.|
|To find a course see below.||Directly enrol online.|
All course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual, a supplementary MHFA booklet for medical students and a Certificate of Completion.
Finding a face-to-face course
MHFA does not centrally coordinate the face-to-face courses. Check with your university to see if they are offering the course. Instructors also advertise their courses at our course calendar.
Until 31st March 2017, there is no cost to a medical student to complete this course.
Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider
Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Learn more here.
This course is part of an initiative, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health until 31st March 2017, that aims to train frontline community workers to better identify and respond to the needs of people at risk of suicide. More info on the DoH website here.