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Mental Health First Aid training course

What is this training course about?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (eg, the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA instructors across the country. Red Cross offers Standard MHFA courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

Course duration

2 days in a classroom (face to face)

Course content

Standard MHFA Course
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours


There are no prerequisites for this MHFA training course.


There is no assessment process for this course, but participants can opt for Mental Health First Aider Accreditation through Mental Health First Aid.


On successful completion of this course, students will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

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