Mental health first aid

Course description

One in five Australian adults will suffer from some form of common mental disorder in any year. The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches you how to provide initial support to a person experiencing a mental health crisis or in the early stages of developing a mental health problem. The course is nationally renowned and awarded, and has been found effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours.

Learn more about Mental Health First Aid by watching this 3 minute video and work out whether the course is right for you.

Please note - the workshop does not teach you to be a counsellor or therapist, or to diagnose mental illness - it is a first aid response framework to support community members who are experiencing mental health problems.

When you attend a Mental Health First Aid workshop, you now have the option of becoming an Accredited Mental health First Aider.  The process involves completing an online knowledge test and feedback form, and requires your permission for your contact details to be passed onto Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Type of course



Jacinta Durrand

Who should attend

All continuing and fixed term professional and academic staff are welcome to attend. However, this course is designed for members of the general public who do not have formal training, education or qualifications in mental health related fields and is pitched at an introductory level.

This course is for staff only.  Students are not able to attend and will be unenrolled. 
Please contact Health, Counselling and Disability Services to find out what training is available for students.

It is recommended that you speak with your manager prior to enrolling in this workshop as there are late cancellation fees.

For more information about this course, please contact

What you will learn

The course covers helping adults in mental health crisis situations and/or in the early stages of mental health problems.

Crisis situations covered are:
- Suicidal behaviours
- Acute stress reaction
- Panic attacks
- Acute psychotic behaviour
- Aggressive behaviour
- Acute effects of substances

Mental health problems covered are:
- Depression
- Anxiety disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Substance use disorder

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problems, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

For more information about the course content, please visit the Mental Health First Aid website (external) at

For more information about this course, please contact Professional Development on

Prerequisites / assumed knowledge

None - participants are asked to ensure they can attend all sessions.

Upcoming events

Wednesday, 16th October 2024 - 2-day face to face training - externally facilitated. This event incurs cancellation fees.

(2-part course)
  • Wednesday, 16th October 2024, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
    Alere South Function Centre, Student Hub
  • Thursday, 17th October 2024, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
    Alere South Function Centre, Student Hub

Please remember if you can't attend a course anymore please unenrol yourself or move to the waiting list so others can attend.

Waiting list

To be notified of upcoming events, you can add your name to the waiting list.