An individual’s mental health can be considered to sit along a continuum, with good mental health at one end and poor mental health at the other. Everyone is positioned somewhere on the mental health continuum and an individual’s position on the continuum will shift throughout their life (or even throughout one day) depending on a range of factors such as their life experiences, biology, access to services and coping skills.

It is normal to have ups and downs and shift along the continuum from time to time. For example, someone might feel really stressed out when a big project is approaching its deadline or when starting a new job. This is not a sign of clinical anxiety, but a one-off, reasonable reaction to the situation they are facing. The stress resolves when the situation has resolved.

It is time to be concerned when you can see there has been a major change in a person’s normal way of thinking, feeling or behaving or if the changes are affecting the person’s ability to function at work, home or socially.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based program that can help people identify, support and refer individuals who:

  • are developing a mental health problem;
  • experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem; or
  • are in a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Current Course Offerings

Standard Adult MHFA (12 hours)

The SMHFA course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Standard Adult MHFA Refresher (4 hours)

The aim of the Refresher Courses is to update and build upon skills learned in the initial 12-hour MHFA course. The course contain new films and additional materials and is delivered in a 4-hour face-to-face session. Anyone who has completed a 12-hour MHFA course in the last 3 years is eligible to attend.

MHFA: Engaging Leaders (2 hours).

This course will help leaders, decision makers and influencers understand the benefits that MHFA can offer in helping to create mentally healthy workplaces. This course contains information about how leaders can support their employees who may be experiencing a mental health problem and is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals in workplace well-being.

MHFA for the Suicidal Person (4 hours)

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course is for any interested adult.

You will learn the skills and acquire the knowledge required to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

MHFA for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (4 hours)

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury course is for any interested adult.

You will learn how to assist a person who is engaging in self-injury.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

MHFA for Gambling Problems (4 hours)

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for Gambling Problems course is for any interested adult.

You will learn how to identify, approach and support someone experiencing gambling problems using a practical, evidence based action plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Further information

More information on Mental Health First Aid and how it can be implemented into your workplace can be found on the Mental Health First Aid Australia website.

Upcoming Courses

To view upcoming courses visit our Events page.