Increased flexibility in the delivery of training
Designed for increased flexibility in the delivery of training, a Blended Mental Health First Aid Course is a combination of online (eLearning) and a half day of follow-on face-to-face training. The face-to-face component must be done within 3 months of completing the eLearning component.
Course participants first complete the interactive self-paced eLearning component that teaches them about mental health problems, mental health crises and skills to offer initial help to an adult developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The follow-on face-to-face session allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills in a group environment, and to apply their skills to specific scenarios.
After completing both steps, participants are eligible to complete a short 20 question online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Accredited Mental Health First Aiders are eligible to be appointed as Mental Health First Aid Officers in the workplace. Read all about the MHFAider Program.
Which MHFA courses are Blended?
At this time, these are the available Blended MHFA courses.
- Blended MHFA in the Workplace ($150 plus Instructor fee for face-to-face session)
- Blended MHFA for the Australian Legal Profession ($150 plus Instructor fee for face-to-face session)
- Blended MHFA in the Pharmacy ($150 plus Instructor fee for face-to-face session)
- Blended MHFA for Tertiary Students ($50 plus Instructor fee for face-to-face session)
Finding a face-to-face (F2F) session
To find a F2F session you will need to contact an instructor directly to schedule a time. You can search for instructors by state and accreditations. Ensure you select the relevant blended course (for example Blended MHFA for Tertiary Students) under the ‘accreditations’ field as only certain instructors will be accredited to deliver these courses.
The face-to-face component must be completed within 3 months of completing the eLearning component. It is the responsibility of course participants to contact an accredited MHFA Instructor to organise a face-to-face session, as these courses are not centrally coordinated by Mental Health First Aid Australia. Most instructors are willing to travel but need expenses covered.
What are the next steps?
Enrolling in a Blended Course is a multi-step process:
- Register an account on our website
- Enrol and complete the eLearning component
- Attend a follow-up face-to-face session
- Attempt the MHFAider Accreditation Exam - An email is sent to participants after they attend a face-to-face session
Check out the FAQ for Blended MHFA courses
For more detailed information on Blended MHFA courses and other important MHFA information see the MHFA courses FAQ.