Youth mental health first aid

Course description

Domain: Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Type: Intermediate course
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Mental illnesses often start in adolescence or early adulthood and it is important to detect problems early to ensure the young person is properly treated and supported. The Youth Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults who have frequent contact with young people, such as parents, guardians, school staff, sport coaches and youth workers, how to assist young people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis.

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

Please note: the course does not teach you to be a counsellor or therapist, or to diagnose mental illness.  It is a frontline response framework for assisting young people experiencing mental health problems.

When you attend a Mental Health First Aid workshop, you 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.  

If you do not wish to pursue formal accreditation, you may choose to receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the workshop.

Type of course



Naomi Madsen
People and Culture

Who should attend

The course is particularly suitable for Professional staff who are in frontline roles, dealing with students.  Please note that the 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, therefore, pitched at an introductory level.  If you are unsure about whether the workshop is suitable for you, please contact Naomi Madsen.

What you will learn

The course covers helping young people in mental health crisis situations, developing a mental health problem, or experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem

Mental health problems covered:
  • depression
  • anxiety problems
  • eating disorders
  • psychosis
  • substance use problems

Mental Health crises covered:
  • suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • non-suicidal self-injury
  • panic attacks
  • traumatic events
  • severe psychotic states
  • severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • aggressive behaviours

Prerequisites / assumed knowledge

None - participants are asked to ensure they can attend all sessions if they wish to receive a certificate of attendance issued by Mental Health First Aid.

Upcoming events

Thursday, 21st October 2021

(4-part course)
  • Thursday, 21st October 2021, 9:30AM - 1:00PM
    Rm 218, Registry Building (PDU Training Room)
  • Thursday, 28th October 2021, 9:30AM - 1:00PM
    Rm 218, Registry Building (PDU Training Room)
  • Thursday, 4th November 2021, 9:30AM - 1:00PM
    Rm 218, Registry Building (PDU Training Room)
  • Thursday, 11th November 2021, 9:30AM - 1:00PM
    Rm 218, Registry Building (PDU Training Room)

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.