The new accredited Online MHFA Community Course was developed in response to COVID-19. This course has been adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults to be suitable for online delivery.

"Content was clear, engaging and easily comprehendible. I think the trainer summed up hours’ worth of my psychology degree in 5hrs and went beyond by giving me the confidence to apply it. I have already recommended this course!”

About the course:

In this informative and practical course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Mental health first aid skills learnt by participants in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of community/public course participants.

Component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • 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 behaviour

This self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours) component of the course is completed on Mental Health First Aid Australia’s eLearning platform, and includes the delivery of a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual. 

Component 2 – Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Component 2 follows the completion of Course Component 1 – eLearning. Course Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.
  • Both course components of the course are to be completed within a 3-month period.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Date: Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November 2022

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm, both days

Location: The sessions will be held online via Zoom. 

Our Trainer

Clinical Psychologists Ms Mandy Taylor.

Ticket Options

Course fees include a hard copy course manual and a certificate of completion upon completing the workshop. Participants are also encouraged to undertake an optional online theory assessment following the course to receive Accredited Mental Health First Aider status with Mental Health First Aid Australia for a period of three years.

To request an invoice to be sent to you, please type "invoice" into the promotional code section on page two of the event enrolment form. 

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].

Important Information

Please note, this course is subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.

By purchasing a ticket, you are confirming to have read and agree to the Enrolment Terms and Conditions set by The Cairnmillar Institute.

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