Youth MHFA | Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

An introduction to the Youth MHFA course

Adolescence is a time of important change and development. It is also the time when mental health problems can first emerge.

During high school years, mental health problems are among the leading causes of falling grades, problems with friends, and relationships, substance use or abuse and they can have lifelong impact.

That’s where Mental Health First Aid training can help.

With a focus on improved mental health literacy and early intervention, Youth MHFA is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents such as teachers, school support staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

"I feel better prepared to recognise, respond to and advise on mental health problems in my students and my school environment.”


The Youth MHFA course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. The course equips adults with the skills to recognise and respond to an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis situation. Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, Youth MHFA teaches participants how to support an adolescent until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Providing Youth Mental Health First Aid training can help whole communities to:


Recognise the warning signs of mental health problems in young people


Provide the skills needed to speak openly and accurately about mental health


Respond in crisis situations where a young person may be at risk of harm


Reduce stigma and increase support for young people with mental health problems

What the course covers

Youth MHFA is an education course that teaches adults about adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in young people, including crisis situations.

Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

You will learn how and where to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what help research has shown to be effective and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.

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What’s the format?

The 14-hour course can be delivered in 1 of 3 ways:

Face-to-face: a 2-day course led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.

Blended face-to-face: a self-paced eLearning component (approximately 4 hours) followed by 1-day face-to-face session OR 2 half-day face-to-face sessions led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.

Online: a self-paced eLearning component (approximately 4 hours) followed 3 x 2.5-hour video-conferencing sessions led by an accredited MHFA Instructor.

Why attend a course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training improves a participant’s knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. MHFA courses have also been shown to decrease stigma and increase help seeking behaviours.

Interested in attending a course?

Mental Health First Aid courses are run all over Australia and are available to any adult. Click to search for a Youth MHFA course in your area.

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Comments and feedback from
previous participants

"Very worthwhile and relevant to my work as a teacher. It has raised my awareness of mental health issues among young people and what signs to look out for. I have a clear idea of what my role should be as a youth mental health first aider."


"I found the course to be truly beneficial and useful to me as I interact with a good number of secondary school students on a daily basis. After attending the course, I have the necessary tools as a mental health first aider to recognize and help those in need."


"I would recommend this course for all educators of young people. I believe that we all should be trained to become Mental Health First Aiders."