Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing mental health challenges, experiencing a worsening of a mental health challenges, or in a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Course Content

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

In this course, you will learn:

  • how to assist someone who is developing a mental health challenge or in a mental health crisis (so not just suicide awareness)
  • the signs and symptoms of various mental health challenges
  • 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 held over two days, or it can be adjusted to suit.

Course participants receive a copy of the Standard Mental Health First Aid 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.
  • You’ll also be entitled to a 30% discount off the Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher course in 3 years’ time when you enrol to extend your accreditation for a further 3 years.
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“Thank you. Your presentation style and your ability to share personal stories to help cement ideas with your audience was of great benefit. I thoroughly enjoyed the two-day course.”

SMHFA Participant

“She was an excellent instructor giving me confidence to ask any questions. Her experience and knowledge gave additional breadth to the training. A very worthwhile two days.”

SMHFA Participant