Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 2 Day Course

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Participants learn skills and gain confidence to assist friends, family and co-workers experiencing mental health problems.

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. SMHFA course teaches individuals how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or mental health crises:

Developing mental health problems

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems.

Mental health crises

  • 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.

Course Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of 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 (2 Day) course. The delivery format is flexible. Course participants
Receive a copy of the SMHFA Manual to keep and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.

For the Workplace: This course is invaluable for workplace Peer Support and Human Resources employees. Accrediting staff with a MHFA certificate is an effective way businesses can reduce their risk under workplace health and safety legislation and reduce workers compensation liability.