MHFA for Nursing Students | Mental Health First Aid

What the course covers:

This course teaches nursing 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.

This student course is a tailored version 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.

Developing mental health problems covered are:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders
Mental health crisis situations covered are:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states

All MHFA Courses teach how to give mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE. More information about ALGEE.


If completing elearning the course fee is $50, for face to face courses rates are set by instructors and more information can be found in the course calendar.


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 nursing 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.

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.

More Information

This course is part of an initiative, originally funded by the Australian Government Department of Health that aimed 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.