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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

Course Content

The Standard MHFA course is based on the International MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries.

The standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered:

Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis, Substance abuse

Mental health crises covered include suicidal thoughts or behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or other drug use, aggressive behaviours, eating disorders, and gambling.

You will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course (four modules, each of which is three hours presented over 2 days). Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep as well as a Certificate of Completion.

Who can attend?

Any interested adult can attend. This course is not a therapy or support group, but rather it is an educational course.


The course costs $300 for two days training. We offer subsidised places to eligible carers.

Other Courses include:

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

4 hours face to face training

What you will learn: How to identify warning signs for suicide, How to confidently support a person in crisis, How to have a conversation with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

At the completion of the course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person.

Course participants will receive a handbook and an online Certificate of Completion.

Standard MHFA refresher course

4 hours face to face training

What you will learn: gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field, learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal, work through complex mental health first aid interactions and practice mental health first aid skills

This refresher course allows people who have previously completed a 12 or 14 hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills.

For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.