Standard Mental Health First Aid

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Standard MHFA | Face-to-Face

A 2 Day Standard Mental Health First Aid course designed for any interested adult. This course explores the standard mental health practices and provides a practical assessment at the end. Training and Assessment is delivered on behalf of ABC First Aid RTO 3399.

$ 330

The 2 day Standard Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adult.

You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Intervene early | Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in other adults.

Respond in a crisis | Assess for a range of crisis situations and provide initial support and how to respond across a range of crisis situations where an adult may be at risk of harm.

Offer support | Learn the skills to speak openly and accurately about mental health. Use an evidence-based action plan to initiate a mental health first aid conversation.

Reduce stigma | Understand the prevalence and impact of mental illnesses, risk factors and treatments and supports available. Reduce stigma and increase support for adults experiencing and living with mental health problems.

Why attend a Standard Mental Health First Aid training course?

Become an MHFAider
Adults who complete the course become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.

Improve knowledge
Evaluations consistently show that by attending a course, participants improve their knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies.

Improve confidence
Course participants report improved confidence in providing first aid to individuals.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with mental health problems and from the viewpoint of professionals within the mental health community.

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness.
It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in the help provided.

This is a 2 day (12 hour) face-to-face course.

Which can be delivered either;

  • 2 consecutive days (e.g. Thursday & Friday) or
  • 2 individual days (e.g. 2 Fridays)

This course has been designed in four separate modules and can also be delivered over four separate 3 hour sessions upon corporate request.

Module 1
We are introduced to mental health problems, the MHFA Action Plan, and a discussion on depression and bipolar disorder.

Module 2
We begin with exploring a difficult topic – suicide.
From the perspective of this topic, we have a Mental Health conversation and start exploring the signs and symptoms of anxiety.

Module 3
We cover two different types of crisis situations:
The first begins with watching a film and meeting Jarrad and Ashlea, who will share their experience of living with anxiety.
We will then look at signs and symptoms of psychosis along with evidence-based treatments.

Module 4
We begin by looking at a person experiencing a severe psychotic state. A severe psychotic state means that the person in question is currently experiencing overwhelming delusions and hallucinations, very disorganised thinking and bizarre or disruptive behaviours. We also look at substance use problems in relation to this condition.

This course will not teach you to diagnose a mental illness nor treat it, just as a conventional first aid course will not teach you to be a doctor. You will learn how to recognise that someone may have a mental health problem, how to be supportive of them and help them to receive appropriate professional help as early as possible.

The course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. It provides an overview of mental illnesses, risk factors, prevalence, and impact before taking a much closer look at the following mental health problems:

Mental health problems covered

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol/drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

For more information, download the Standard Mental Health First Aid brochure.


Suitable for individuals, workplaces of all sizes, and volunteer and community-based groups.
Any adult (aged 18+) can attend.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Please Note: This course is not a therapy or a support group.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements
Participants will require suitable LLN skills to complete the following tasks/skills:

  • Read information from a PowerPoint, a manual and/or a whiteboard
  • Listen and understand verbal information delivered by an English-speaking licensed Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Requirements for completion
Participants need to attend 100% of this first aid training.
If they can’t, please contact our office for further arrangements.

To receive accreditation as a Mental Health First Aider, you will be required to complete an online assessment following training. 

Certification issued
This course does not form part of a Vocational Education Qualification.
Accreditation is provided by Mental Health First Aid Australia.
Upon completing the post-training online assessment, certification is issued as a Mental Health First Aider.

Certification validity
Three (3) years from the date of issue.
We recommend you use the email address that is still valid in 3 or 6 years time.

Standard MHFA Refresher training is required within the three years, taken as either a:

  • 4 hour face-to-face course or 
  • 2 separate 2.5 hour online video conferencing course. 

Taking a refresher course ensures you can hold on to your certification of validity.

In the 6th year of the first course, the full course must be completed again.

How to book and get further information

  • Book online (preferred) see dates and courses below.
  • If you require a workplace invoice please email us at
  • Call 0423 811 844, Please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible as we could be teaching.

To secure your space, full payment is required at time of booking.
We accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard), or electronic funds transfer (internet banking).

Large groups and onsite pricing vary, please email, to discuss the available options. 

  • All prices include GST 
  • Course materials, Coffee and Tea and Snacks are included
  • Min 6 and max 24 participants per course
  • Travel costs may apply (we can teach Australia wide)
  • Current pricing as of November 2023

For more information, download our Instant Quote brochure – Standard Mental Health First Aid brochure.

  • Brisbane North | Kedron Edinburgh Castle Hotel
  • Brisbane South | Springwood Hotel
  • Brisbane West | Middle Park Centenary Tavern
  • More Locations opening soon
  • Onsite at your workplace (Min 6 – max 25 per course apply)
  • We can teach Australia wide,
    We have a network of more than 3000+ instructors available to us and we like to travel ourselves.

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