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Mental Health Training

Get the skills and knowledge to support your friends, family or co-workers mental health.

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 common mental health problems and crises. You’ll learn 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

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"Super friendly, engaging instructor who clearly had a passion for what she taught. Brilliant."
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"Cortney was engaging and knowledgeable about the course content. Her presentation of the course was great!"
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"The activities were a great way to practice learnings and ensure we were comfortable for with content."
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"Very informative and professionally delivered."
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"The course was great. It gave us a better understanding of what it is like to live with different mental health issues."
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"I like the way there was plenty of organic conversation during the course and we all felt comfortable asking questions and sharing information."
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"Cortney was an absolute joy and source of competent and relevant information. I can't imagine doing such a heavy course, with such challenging content, with someone other than Cortney. She injected humour at appropriate times, was empathetic and careful of people's responses, and somehow knew how to move us along as we crammed as much into two days as possible. I'd do another course with her in a heartbeat."
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"I gained knowledge important and relevant to my role. I enjoyed opportunity to talk about issues that people don't usually talk about and I feel more confident now in aspects of my role as they relate to mental health."
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"Cortney was a great instructor. She created a good atmosphere and was really engaging and inclusive. I enjoyed the course while learning a lot. All of the activities were great. They made the information far more accessible, memorable and made the time pass fast."
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"Cortney was so clear and concise and knows her subjects well. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and I learned a lot from it. The content gave me great insight into mental health first aid and how to deal with situations."
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"Cortney built a great rapport, quickly with each member of the class. At all times, she was professional and approachable."
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"Excellent instructor - intelligent, engaging and very passionate. It is a good, practical course, something that would be beneficial for a wide range of industries."
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Why Complete a Mental Health First Aid Course?

Knowledge

The Mental Health First Aid course is evidence based and covers Australia's main mental heath problems

Confidence

Get the knowledge and skills you need to offer first aid for mental health problems

Action Plan

Learn a practical action plan that will give you the tools you need to help with mental health problems

Global

Join a global community at the forefront of mental health. Over 900,000 Australians have completed this course

Mental Health Problems and Crisis Situations Covered

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance Use Problems
  • 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
Two people talking at a Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health in Your Workplace

Every day, millions of workers go to work while experiencing a mental health problem. Mental illness is the leading cause of sickness, absence, & long-term work incapacity in Australia & has huge financial impacts.

Mental Health First Aid can help.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training has been identified as a key strategy to lessen the impact of mental health problems on productivity and many workplaces use MHFA training as the foundation for their mental health strategy.

Ignoring Mental Health Issues Makes No Business Sense

It is estimated that mental health problems cost Australian workplaces over $15 billion per year

$9.6 BILLION

In absenteeism

$6.1 BILLION

In presenteeism

$146 MILLION

In compensation claims

MHFA is an evidence-based training course which gives your employees the skills and confidence to have supportive conversations with their co-workers and help guide them to professional help if needed. It has been shown to increase knowledge, confidence and helping behaviours, and reduce stigma.

MHFA training leads to improved;

  • Organisational and employee resilience
  • Knowledge & confidence to provide information and support
  • Workplace culture
  • Productivity

Be Accredited

People who attend Mental Health First Aid training can complete an online assessment to be accredited as a Mental Health First Aider.  Just like appointing physical first aid officers, many organisations choose to appoint accredited Mental Health First Aiders to the role of Mental Health First Aid officer within the workplace.

Be Recognised for Your Achievements

Workplaces can become part of the MHFA Skilled Workplace Program that recognises workplaces for their commitment to Mental Health First Aid training. Participating in the MHFA Skilled Workplace Program is a clear demonstration of your commitment to building a mentally healthy workplace, both to your staff and your external stakeholders.

Adults from various backgrounds in a classroom session to learn Mental Health First Aid skills for a workplace

For more information, to discuss your companies needs or to book Mental Health First Aid training for your workplace call us on #5444 4171 or email admin@assistfirstaid.com.au

Course Options

Choose what suits you best from 3 training delivery options.

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Face to Face: A 2-day course with our MHFA Instructor.

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Blended: Self-paced eLearning (typically takes 5-7 hours) followed by a 4 hour Face to Face workshop.

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Online: Self-paced eLearning (typically takes 5-7 hours) followed by 2 x 2.5 hour live Zoom workshop sessions.

The 2 day Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

For group or onsite bookings please call (07) 5444 4171 or email admin@assistfirstaid.com.au

Face to Face Course:

  • 2 day Face to Face course

The Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace course teaches managers, supervisors and individuals how to have supportive conversations and assist co-workers experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

This course is adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid course to include information and scenarios relevant to workplaces.

This is a blended course (eLearning + a Face to Face workshop). It can also be delivered as an onsite 2 day face to face course for your workplace or team.

For group or onsite bookings please call (07) 5444 4171 or email admin@assistfirstaid.com.au

Blended Course:

  • Self paced eLearning (5-7 hours)
  • 4 hour Face to Face workshop

The Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace course teaches managers, supervisors and individuals how to have supportive conversations and assist co-workers experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

This course is adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid course to include information and scenarios relevant to workplaces.

This is an online course (eLearning + zoom workshops). It can also be delivered as an onsite 2 day face to face course for your workplace or team.

For group or onsite bookings please call (07) 5444 4171 or email admin@assistfirstaid.com.au

Online Course:

  • Self paced eLearning (5-7 hours)
  • 2 x 2.5 hour live zoom workshops

The Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students course teaches how to assist a fellow student developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

This course is adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid course to include information and scenarios relevant to tertiary students.

Blended Course:​

  • Self paced eLearning (5-7 hours)
  • 4 hour Face to Face workshop

This course shows how leaders can support their employees who may be experiencing a mental health problem.

Information in this course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals in workplace wellbeing.

To book this course please call (07) 5444 4171 or email admin@assistfirstaid.com.au

Mental Health First Aid Australia

This course has been developed by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia.

MHFA Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. Their core work is to develop MHFA courses, and train Instructors to deliver the courses to the community or in workplaces. MHFA courses are delivered across Australia and internationally.

Since its inception in 2000, Mental Health First Aid has evolved into a global movement across Australia and in over 27 countries. To date, over 4 million people worldwide have been trained, including over 900,000 Australians.