Mental Health First Aid

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA™) is designed to teach the everyday Australian the skills required to provide first aid to an individual who may be developing a mental health problem, or are in crisis. 

The MHFA curriculum is evidence-based, and designed by the expert team at Mental Health First Aid Australia, with accredited instructors delivering the courses nation-wide. 

At Mental Health Learning Australia, we believe that everyone should learn Mental Health First Aid, just like traditional first aid.

Why Mental Health First Aid?

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. During a MHFA course, participants 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.

Mental health problems covered


Anxiety problems


Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered

Suicidal thoughts & behaviours

Panic attacks

Traumatic events

Non-suicidal self-injury

Severe psychotic states

Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

Aggressive behaviours

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