MHFA Training

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is based on the MHFA Guidelines.

What the Course Covers

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling 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.
Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

All MHFA Courses teach how to give the mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course which we deliver as a 2-day training package (6 hours per day)

Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Included as part of the completed MHFA training is the opportunity for you to complete an online assessment and receive Mental Health First Aider certification, valid for three years. A refresher program will be offered to you towards the end of the three years to maintain and update the Mental Health First Aider’s skills.

Claim CPD Points

In recognition of the high value placed upon the Mental Health First Aid course many professionals, including pharmacists, mental health nurses, midwives, nurses, psychologists, teachers and social workers can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body. A full and current list can be found here.

If you elect not to complete accreditation you will be issued with a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course.

MHFA Manual

A manual is provided to each participant attending this 12-hour MHFA course.

Who can attend a course?

Any interested adult can attend. No previous experience or qualification is required. Mental Health First Aid is for everyone!

Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an educational course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Please contact Sallyanne to register your interest in the next Mental Health First Aid Course.