Mental Health First Aid Australia

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. Our core work is to develop MHFA courses, and train Instructors to deliver these courses to their communities or workplaces. MHFA courses are delivered across Australia and internationally.


MHFA courses teach members of the public how to provide initial help 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 appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves.


World-wide Reach

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 3 million people worldwide have been trained, including over 800,000 Australians.


MHFA Instructor Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that trains and accredits skilled Instructors with a passion for improving the mental health of their communities. The organisation provides ongoing support and information to our accredited Instructors with regular communications, high quality course materials as well as professional networking and upskilling opportunities. Our network of over 1,800 Instructors have trained over 800,000 people in Australia.


International Recognition

The Mental Health First Aid Program has been recognised with a number of Australian and international awards, including the THeMHS Medal. It has been recognised in the UK as an example of radical efficiency and has been listed in the USA by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on their National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


Introduction to Mental Health First Aid Courses

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 mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident and able to help.


Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community

Types of MHFA Courses

      Standard Mental Health First Aid

      Teen Mental Health First Aid

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid

Specialised MHFA courses:

       Conversations about Suicide

       Talking about Gambling for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

       Talking about Non-suicidal Self-injury for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Lived Experience

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is committed to telling the stories of people with lived experiences of mental health problems. MHFA courses are based on the expert consensus, of people with lived experience of mental health problems and mental health professionals.


What is covered in an MHFA course?

Learn to recognise common mental health problems, how to provide initial help to someone experiencing a mental health problem using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan, and how to respond in a crisis situation. During the course, participants have the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe environment.


Note: This is an education course designed to teach people the skills to give first aid to others, it is not a therapy or support group.
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