Youth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA | Mental Health First Aid

Youth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people who may be developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

An introduction to the Youth AMHFA course

The Youth Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adults, 18 years and over.

Developed by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this informative and strengths-based course will teach you how to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional support is received or the crisis resolves, using practical, evidence-based action plan.

Conducted by accredited Youth Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Instructors, the course is designed with some flexible delivery options for Instructors to tailor the course to the needs of the participants, this includes extended activities in core modules as well as optional modules and can be delivered over 2 – 2.5 days.
This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

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What’s the format?

This is a 2 - 2.5 day course, it is designed with some flexible delivery options that allow tailoring to participant needs.

Who can attend?

Any adult can attend.

What is the cost?

MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses or set fees. Your local Instructor can confirm their attendance and fees.

Why attend a course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.


MHFA course

Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become Accredited.

What the course covers

You will be grounded in social and emotional well-being from an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspective and explore strengths-based communication tips to engage and get support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people.

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.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Developing mental health problems covered

Mental Health Problems in the Community / SEWB
Anxiety and Depression
Substance Misuse
Disordered Eating
Gambling Problems

Mental health crisis situations covered

Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
Non-suicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm)
Panic attacks
Traumatic events
Severe intoxication
Aggressive behaviours
Drug-induced psychosis

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MHFA course near you

Mental Health First Aid courses are run all over Australia. Click the button below and search for a Youth MHFA course in your area.

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Comments and feedback from

"Very engaging, relative and culturally sensitive. I found this course to be very valuable and would highly recommend it to all staff delivering health services, and all community members wanting to gain more knowledge and awareness."

"This course was very useful and relevant for my role. It also helped me to clearly identify mental health issues in my community that we don't take notice of or choose to ignore."

"This is really very important in today's situation and helps me personally to understand and have a better outlook. The course gave me a lot of confidence and courage to move forward and work when the situation arises. Informative, useful, new outlook, a lot of understanding and knowledge was gained through this course."

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