Standard Mental Health First Aid Course


Course Name: SMHFA – Standard Mental Health First Aid Course

Face-to-Face Training: 12 Hours
Flexible, delivered over 2 Days
Course Certificate: Issued Same Day
Course Cost: From $189
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Accreditation: Accredited by MHFA Australia

Accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia

Scheduled Training Courses – Adelaide I Brisbane I Sydney I Melbourne I Hobart I Darwin

What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course?

Basically, the Standard MHFA course is ideal for anyone who wants to understand more about mental health issues. It covers things such as how they affect people, their signs and symptoms along with how to help a sufferer.

Being that the course is internationally recognised and used throughout the world, you can rest assured that it is well worth doing. And that’s because it is predicated on evidenced-based research and global best practice.

The course not only provides a good understanding of how to recognise the signs that someone may be suffering from a mental health condition, but will give you the practical skills you need to step in and help. Through a series of case studies, group work and role-plays you’ll learn exactly how to approach a person to discuss mental health issues. So you’ll know what to say and what not to say.  As well as this, we’ll give you the MHFA manual, which covers all the mental health conditions, signs & symptoms, interventions and other helpful resources.

Course Content

Additionally, the Standard MHFA course includes the following:

  • Introduction to mental health problems and mental health first aid
  • Signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with common mental health issues
  • Mental Health First Aid action plan – ALGEE
  • How to assess the situation and when to intervene
  • What to say and what not to say
  • Treatments available for different conditions and where to go for professional help

Mental Health Issues Covered:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems – drugs and alcohol

Mental Health Crises Covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Trauma
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of drug and alcohol use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Course Formats

Face-to- Face Workshop

We deliver the course face-to-face over 12 hours. Because the course is so long, delivery is flexible and the course can take 2 or 3 days, depending on organisational needs.

In addition, every participant will receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion.

eLearning – Blended MHFA Courses

Firstly, the Blended MHFA course involves around 8 hours of self-paced online study. This is followed by 4 hours of face-to-face practical learning with our trainers. So it is ideal for those who have limited time to spend away from the workplace or prefer to study at their own pace.

Prior Learning

Standard MHFA is open to anyone aged 18 or older.

Covid-19 Precautions

Because your health and safety are our highest priority, we apply infection control measures and COVID-19 practices across all of our training facilities. Please remember if you are unwell or experiencing any symptoms, then we ask that you contact us to reschedule your training. For further information please email [email protected].

Certification & Accreditation

Generally, we issue you a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course. MHFA is accredited directly through Mental Health First Aid Australia. Once you complete the course, Mental Health First Aid Australia will send you a link to take the short accreditation assessment.

The accreditation assessment consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. The assessment is open book so you can refer to your MHFA manual if you need to.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years and allows you to be appointed as a Mental Health First Aid Officer in the workplace.