Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Completing a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course will help you to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker.

The two day MHFA course is available in two workshops, teaching adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to either adults OR adolescents who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The Blended Online MHFA Community course is targeted for adults to assist other adults

The 14 hour face-to-face Youth MHFA course is targeted for adults to assist adolescents.  

"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!”

Mental Health First Aid Training Can Make a Difference

MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, as well as confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. Research has shown that MHFA training is associated with: 

Knowledge: improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies. 

Confidence: confidence in providing first aid to a person experiencing a mental health problem.

De-Stigmatising: decreases in stigmatising attitudes. 

Increased Support: increases in the amount and type of support provided to others. 

Learn how you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.


Blended Online MHFA Community Course

The new accredited Blended 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.

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.


Youth MHFA course

The 14 hour face-to-face Youth MHFA course is targeted for adults to assist adolescents. This would be beneficial for adults who work, live or care for adolescents such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers. Please note: this course is not appropriate for adolescents to attend.

The course teaches participants how to use an evidence-based action plan to assist people who are:

  • developing a mental health problem, including depression and anxiety, psychosis, substance use problems, and eating disorders (in youth course only),
  • experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem, or
  • in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Mental health crisis situations covered in the course include:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol abuse
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours.


Course Schedule

Blended Online MHFA Community Course

eLearn plus 2 x 2.5 hour online interactive sessions (2.5 hours per day over two days)

Face-to-face Youth Mental Health First Aid 9am – 5pm (2 Full Day Sessions)



Upcoming Course Dates: 

Blended Online MHFA Community Course
Date: Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th September 2021
Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm, both days
Location: The sessions will be held via Zoom. 

Additional course dates will be released soon. To be notified for when our course calendar is confirmed, please email [email protected]

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments.

Fees: 

Standard Ticket External Students or Cairnmillar Alumni Cairnmillar Student
Blended Online MHFA Community Course  $220 $200

$65 with pdf manual

$95 with hard copy manual


Face-to-face Youth Mental Health First Aid
$295 $250 $65

All prices include GST. An additional ticketing fee may be applicable.

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

Enrol

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Further Information

Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. 

For further information, email the Short Course Coordinator at: shortcours[email protected]