Overview of Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health is a state of well-being. It is the way we see ourselves, feel about ourselves and the world around us. It refers to our emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual being.

This 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course was developed to teach 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 philosophy behind the course is that mental health crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, members of the public can take action to reduce the harms that could result.


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. More information about ALGEE.

There are currently no pre-requisites required for this course.

There are currently no requirements for this course to be refreshed.

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

The total cost of this course is

Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.  Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.  Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Start Times

Our training room opens at 8:30am in preparation for a 9:00am start. Depending on the number of participants and also the course type, the approximate finish time is 3:00pm. There will be scheduled break times throughout the day. Your trainer will advise you of these breaks at the commencement of your course.

Course Material

We will provide you with the required materials including pens, paper, assessment books and any other relevant material relating to your course.

Break Times, Lunch and Refreshments

Depending on the course duration, there are a number of food outlets located nearby. Morning and afternoon tea is available for participants, with a gold coin donation. Want to bring your lunch? No worries at all. We have a refrigerator and microwave should you require these facilities.

House Rules

We are a non-smoking training centre however, should you choose to smoke, your trainer will advise of appropriate smoking areas.



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