What is MHFA?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing 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.


As a participant you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem.

What are the course content?

The SMHFA course teaches adults 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
  • Psychosis Suicide and non-suicidal self-harm
  • Eating Disorder
  • Substance abuse

Mental Health Crisis

  • Panic Attack
  • Severe Psychotic States
  • Aggressive Behaviours
  • Severe effects from Drug use
  • Severe effects from Alcohol Use

Can I attend?

Any interested adult can attend, there are no prerequisites for this course.

How do I sign up for a course?

Upcoming courses will be listed on our website and social media, alternatively you may email us at or call us at 03-7782 5499 to book a course for your workplace or community.

What’s next?

Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider! Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

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