12 Hour STANDARD Mental Health

First Aid Course

This course teaches adults how to assist other adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

 Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

 What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid course?

The second edition Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries.

Course Content

The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse
Mental health crises covered:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse
  • Aggressive behaviours

 Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

Course Format

This is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours). The delivery format is flexible. Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

 Where can the courses be held?

 The course can be conducted wherever a Mental Health First Aid Instructor can travel. If extended travel is required, the instructor’s expenses may need to be met (to be negotiated with the instructor).

 Who can attend a MHFA course?

Any interested adult can attend. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.

 All instructors of this course are trained by Mental Health First Aid Australia


About MHFA Australia


The Mental Health First Aid Program was developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Prof. Tony Jorm. It was then auspiced as a training and research program at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne from mid 2005. Since mid 2012 it has operated as a non-profit health promotion charity called Mental Health First Aid Australia. The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours. These evaluations have been carried out in workplace and community settings.


If you would like further information about this training, please contact Bridges on 1300 707 655