Mental Health First Aid Training

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
  • how to provide first aid in a crisis situation

By the end of the course you will have the skills to provide initial first aid to a person who is:

  • developing a mental health problem
  • experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem
  • or in a mental health crisis.

The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolved.

Luminating Mental Health

Our Mental Health First Aid Training course will help you support people through a mental health journey.

Who can do the course?

This training is suitable for anyone who wants to be better equipped to support a loved one on a challenging mental health journey, provide support to friends and community members or learn critical skills to enhance workplace safety.

Become a Mental Health First Aid Officer

People who attend MHFA training can complete an online assessment to be accredited as a Mental Health First Aider™. The accreditation is valid for three years. Just like appointing physical first aid officers, many organisations choose to appoint accredited Mental Health First Aiders to the role of Mental Health First Aid Officer within the workplace.

Officers are appointed and supported to:

  • Provide mental health first aid within their worksite
  • Escalate any matters in a prompt and appropriate fashion according to relevant organisational policy and procedures.

Is this a validated course?

Yes! Mental Health First Aid has evolved into a global movement across Australia and in over 25 countries. To date, over 4 million people worldwide have been trained, including over 1,000,000 Australians.

Evidence-based Courses MHFA courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis.

This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing Delphi method guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts.

All MHFA courses are then evaluated, using rigorous scientific methods, to ensure they are having a positive impact.

What is the benefit of doing the course?

MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

Mental Health First Aid Training