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Mental Health First Aid Course

Select your date and location for the MHFA Course

What does the course cover?

The course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to determine whether a person may be suffering from a mental illness and how to provide initial non-judgemental advice and support and to respond appropriately in situations where a person might be experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is based on the MHFA Guidelines.

Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world.

Course Content

Session 1 (3 Hours)

Part 1

Mental Illness

  • Risk factors, prevalence and impact
  • Spectrum of interventions

Mental Health First Aid

  • The MHFA Action Plan

 Part 2

Depression

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Session 2 (3 Hours) Day One

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Depression

  • Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • (Optional: Crisis First Aid for non-suicidal self injury)
  • First aid for depression

 Part 2

Anxiety Problems

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Session 3 (3hours) Day Two

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Anxiety Problems

  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • First aid for anxiety problems

 Part 2

Psychosis

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Session 4 (3 Hours) Day Two

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Psychosis

  • Crisis first aid for severe psychotic states
  • First aid for psychosis

Part 2

Substance Use Problems

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

 The MHFA Action Plan for Substance Use Problems

  • Crisis first aid for severe effects of substance use
  • Crisis first aid for aggressive behaviour

First aid for substance use problems

Important Information

Course Duration

Individuals

We currently offer two-day (6 hours per day) face-to-face courses in various SE QLD locations. See our calendar for a course near you.

Workplaces

The 12-hour face-to-face course can be run over two consecutive days or over two to four weeks depending on staff availability.

A blended E-Learning course with a half day face-to-face component is also available for employers who cannot release staff for two consecutive full days of training.

Course duration can be tailored to suit your needs.

Prerequisites

Good news! No prerequisites required for the Mental Health First Aid training course, however this is an intense two day program.

Assessment

There is no assessment process for the Mental Health First Aid Course.

Upon Completion

On successful completion of this course, students will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

Mental Health First Aid

 Claim CPD Points

Most professionals are able to claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions see the full list here .

 What the Course Covers

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, how to provide initial support and advice, where and how to get professional help and how to provide first aid to a person in crisis.

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

Everyone’s Doing It!

  • Over 350,000 people have completed the MHFA course (more than 2% of the Australian adult population).
  • The program has spread to 23 countries, including the U.S.A, Canada, New Zealand, England, China, Japan, Singapore, Nepal and Finland.
  • Over 1,000,000 people have completed the MHFA course globally.