Standard Mental Health First Aid CourseThe 12 Hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course

This course teaches adults how to assist other adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.

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.

Further information under the ‘Resources’ > ‘Guidelines’ menu at the MHFA website.

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.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • 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 behaviors.

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.

All instructors of this course are trained by Mental Health First Aid Australia

Note: The information provided in MHFA courses is for general mental health first aid only and is not intended to be and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specific professional medical advice.