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Do you know how to help?

Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community and inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common. Many people lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem, including how to approach someone and start a safe conversation.

Become a Mental Health First Aider

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach people simple, practical first aid skills for helping a family member, friend, co-worker or other person who is experiencing mental health problems. MHFA courses will teach you how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem, even if they are experiencing a crisis. You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need for the successful management of symptoms as part of their recovery journey. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing support through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll be able to actively reduce stigma in your community, by responding appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

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Mental Health First Aider Accreditation

Participants who complete the course can take an online assessment in order to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Which course should I do?

Core courses

Standard

12-hour course for adults assisting other adults.

Youth

14-hour course for adults assisting young people.

Older Person

12 hour course for adults assisting a person aged over 65.

Aboriginal

14-hour course for adults assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Person.

Teen

3 classroom based sessions for adolescents assisting their peers.

Specialised courses

MHFA for the suicidal person

Half-day course for adults assisting someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Talking about suicide

Half-day course for adults assisting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

MHFA for non-suicidal self-injury

Half-day course for adults assisting someone engaging in self-injury.

MHFA for gambling problems

Half-day course for adults assisting someone experiencing gambling problems.

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course near you

Click the buttons below to either find a local scheduled course or contact your local instructor who will help you to organise a course for your organisation or group.