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Mental Health First Aid Courses


We are accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) programs developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia, a national, not-for-profit organisation focussed on mental health training and research. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

We consistently receive very positive feedback about our MHFA courses - check out some of the testimonials from previous participants.

Scroll down for more information about the Standard Mental Health First Aid course; the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course; and the
NEW Older Person Mental Health First Aid course.


Mental Health First Aid (Standard Course)

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches participants how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Participants also have an opportunity to become an accredited 'MHFAider' on completion of the course. The course consists of four 3-hour modules that can be delivered over a flexible timeframe to suit your workplace, or you can register for one of our public workshops (see details below). More information about Mental Health First Aid is available here.

There are no public courses currently scheduled. Click here to enquire about delivery of this workshop in-house in your workplace.


Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

The four-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course is based on Mental Health First Aid International's Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours. The content has been developed using the consensus opinion of experts in the field of suicide intervention (both professionals and consumers with lived experience) about how best to assist someone who may be suicidal.

During the four-hour workshop, participants will learn:
+ Accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context
+ Signs that a person may be suicidal
+ How to ask about thoughts of suicide
+ What you can do to help keep the person safe
+ How to assist the person to access professional help

Participants are given the opportunity to practice these skills during the workshop in a safe and supportive environment.

Click here to download a workshop flyer.

There are no public courses currently scheduled. Click here to enquire about delivery of this workshop in-house in your workplace.

NEW COURSE!

Older Person Mental Health First Aid

The 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid (OMHFA) course teaches participants about the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in older people, how to offer initial help, where to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide aid in a crisis situation. The OMHFA is a 12-hour course consisting of four modules. The modules may be delivered over two consecutive days, or spread over two or four weeks to allow for more flexible scheduling in your workplace.

Click here to enquire about delivery of this workshop in-house in your workplace.