Mental Health First Aid Training

mental health first aid training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training for organisations and individuals is as essential as physical first aid training, maybe even more so. One in five adults will experience a mental health illness this year.

Mental Health First Aid Training

MHFA is the initial assistance given to an individual with a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.


Delivered by nb&a group’s accredited Master MHFA Instructor, this 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. Participants will be educated on the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, together with the how, what, when and where to administer first aid in a crisis situation for:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • psychosis
  • substance use disorder

The course uses evidence based research and addresses possible crisis situations arising from these mental health problems with a practical first aid response. Crisis situations covered are suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, acute psychotic behaviour, aggressive behaviour and severe effects of substance abuse.


The benefits are immeasurable however do include:

  • effective mental health awareness and literacy
  • early intervention strategies
  • evidence based management
  • an action plan for how to recognise, respond and promote recovery.

MHFA provides participants with the skills to recognise a mental health crisis, respond appropriately and support the individual to recover through positive health and return to work outcomes.

MHFA Training is comprised of four modules, delivered over two or three sessions, and totals 12 hours of training.

Important note - The course is not recommended for people seeking treatment or recovering from a mental health problem. Course content can affect some people who have or are experiencing a mental health problem.




Mental Health First Aid
for the Suicidal Person

Launched on World Mental Health Day, this course is based on the revised Mental Health Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours and teaches participants how to give first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal. And for very good reason. In 2015, suicide was the leading cause of death among all people 15-44 years of age and accounted for one third of all deaths in young people last year (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Everyone should be trained to help a suicidal person.


Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English-speaking developed countries. Learning outcomes of the course include:

  • understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context
  • reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • practicing these skills in a safe environment.


This four-hour training is delivered face-to-face and participants receive a handbook to keep and a digital Certificate of Completion.

Please note - This is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide. Specific postvention support services can be found at beyondblue.


Become a Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace

While most workplaces have a First Aid Officer, now is the time to consider creating a mentally healthier workplace with trained Mental Health First Aid Officers.

We can deliver the course onsite and teach managers, supervisors and other employees how to provide early intervention to assist a co-worker who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Mental Health First Aid Australia recognises workplaces that successfully implement Mental Health First Aid. Talk to us about training the required percentage of your staff, getting recognised and proudly promoting your organisation as an MHFA Skilled Workplace!


Next course

Late May 2018 (TBC) - Two-day Mental Health First Aid Training

More information

To make an enquiry, or to discuss in-house training for your organisation, please contact us via email using the link below, or telephone 08 8352 6344.

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