Mental Health First Aid

Learn basic first aid skills to support mental health and wellbeing.


Standard delivery: 6 hours via face-to-face classroom or virtually via Zoom
Blended delivery: 5 - 7 hours of eLearning + 5 hours via face-to-face or virtual classroom

Audience: Anyone, 16 years +

Workplaces play an important role in supporting the mental health of their employees. While it is common for organisations to appoint physical first aid officers, many employers are now seeing the value of training their employees and appointing competent individuals to provide mental health first aid.

With approximately 20% of Australian adults experiencing a common mental illness each year, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course helps participants to develop the skills to support a friend, family member, client, or colleague until the appropriate professional help is available. Based on guidelines developed through collaboration between mental health professionals and those with lived experience of mental ill health, MHFA training will help you to develop:

  • skills in recognising the signs and symptoms of mental ill health
  • knowledge of possible causes and risk factors contributing to mental ill health
  • awareness of evidence-based medical, psychological, and alternative treatments
  • skills in providing appropriate support to somebody experiencing mental ill health, and confidence to act if a crisis situation arises (such as suicidal behaviour, panic attack, overdose, or psychosis).

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.