The 12 Hour Intellectual Disability Mental Health First Aid Course

Who is the intellectual disability version of the MHFA manual for? This manual is for people working in human services who are aware of the standard Mental Health First Aid course and those working in or associated with disability services. The purpose of this manual is to provide guidance on how to support people with an intellectual disability who are experiencing difficulties associated with mental health problems. There is also information in the manual which will help those with little or no experience interacting with someone who has an intellectual disability. This manual builds on the information given in the Mental Health First Aid Manual, specifically taking into account the difficulties and needs of the person with an intellectual disability. It thereby makes the Mental Health First Aid approach available to those who work with or encounter a person with intellectual disability.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing 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.
What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid course?
The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines.These guidelines were
developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries.

Course Content

The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems.
  • Mental health crises covered:
  • 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.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours).The delivery format is flexible. Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Who can attend a MHFA course?

Any interested adult can attend. This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.