Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)


Accredited Mental Health Training

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The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis. The 12-hours of required training is split into two consecutive training days.

During the course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, 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.

International Recognition

The Mental Health First Aid Program has been recognised with many Australian and international awards, including the THeMHS Medal. It has been recognised in the UK as an example of radical efficiency. It has been listed in the USA by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on their National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Introduction to Mental Health First Aid Courses

Around 1 in 5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Understanding how to talk about mental health and help someone in need are important skills. Many people feel uncomfortable and unprepared when thinking about starting a conversation with someone they are concerned about. At a Mental Health First Aid course, you will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident and help. Having mental health first aid skills means that you can help someone develop a mental health problem or experience a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

Evidence-based Courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne by developing Delphi method guidelines that cover many mental health problems crises and in different contexts. All MHFA courses are then evaluated, using rigorous scientific methods to ensure they have a positive impact. These evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases stigmatising attitudes and increases the amount and type of support provided to others.

To read more, please visit the Mental Health First Aid Australia Website – https://mhfa.com.au/

Our Mental Health First Aid Training is delivered by an accredited instructor. Click here to view our instructor’s profile.