Mental Health First Aid

With the increasing impact of mental health problems on workplaces, early intervention is key.  Mental Health First Aid skills are an invaluable investment that will positively impact your workplace culture, reduce stigma around mental health issues, promote self help strategies and seeking professional help where appropriate.

Mental health first aid teaches knowledge & skills to give your staff confidence to have supportive conversations with colleagues who may be developing a mental health concern.

Course Content

  • Overview of mental health problems & prevalence in Australia,
  • Introduction to the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan,
  • Overview of common mental illnesses including Depression, Anxiety, Psychosis & Substance Use Problems,
  • First Aid responses for mental health crises situations such as panic attacks, traumatic events & suicidal thoughts,
  • Interventions and support services overview.

Course Format
This is a 12-hour course with flexible delivery to suit your workplace.

Who Can Attend?
Mental Health First Aid is suited to staff at all levels of your organisation, in fact we recommend it.  Those best placed to notice changes and intervene early are those working alongside each other.  Specific roles the training would be beneficial to include:

  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health & Safety roles
  • Team Leaders
  • Currently identified ‘Staff Support Roles’
  • Staff to be appointed as Mental Health First Aid Officers
  • Physical First Aid staff
  • Staff working with ‘high need clients’
  • Staff working in ‘high risk’ environments e.g. childcare, fitness industry, nursing, education, aged care,

Mental Health First Aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid Australia.  Mental Health Education & Training facilitators are accredited by MHFA Australia.

Mental Health Education & Training can deliver Mental Health First Aid direct to your workplace or another suitable venue as required.  Book a course for your organisation or to join a public course today.

Upcoming Public Courses

Standard Mental Health First Aid


Where: Melbourne Innovation Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost: $390.00
Includes: Standard Mental Health First Aid Manual, resource pack, online assessment for 3 year Mental Health First Aider accreditation and full catering.

Refresher Standard Mental Health First Aid


Where: Melbourne Innovation Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough
Time: 9.00am – 1.15pm
Cost: $125.00
Includes: Standard Mental Health First Aid 4th Edition Manual and online assessment for 3 year Mental Health First Aider accreditation.

Standard Mental Health First Aid for
Specific Populations

March 21 & 22, 2020
Australian Fitness Academy, Elsternwick
Personal Trainers and Fitness professionals,
10 CEC’s

May 22 & 29, 2020
Phoenix Park, Malvern East

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Mental Health First Aid is a global innovative program that was inspired by the successful physical first aid model. Developed in Australia in 2000, it is regularly updated to ensure that is drawing upon the latest evidence base. The program is available in over 27 countries.

MHFA courses are based on the expert consensus, of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals, on what support a mental health first aider should provide. MHFA Australia has worked in partnership with researchers at the University of Melbourne, to develop guidelines for action that cover a number of mental health problems and crises.

The MHFA Program has been recognised with a number of Australian and international awards, including the THeMHS Medal. It has been recognised in the UK as an example of radical efficiency and has been listed in the USA by SAMSHA on their National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

More information about MHFA Australia, visit their website here.