The course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to determine whether a person may be suffering from a mental illness and how to provide initial non-judgemental advice and support and to respond appropriately in situations where a person might be experiencing a mental health crisis. The course curriculum is based on the MHFA Guidelines.

Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world.

Course Content

Part 1

Mental Illness

  • Risk factors, prevalence and impact
  • Spectrum of interventions

Mental Health First Aid

  • The MHFA Action Plan

 Part 2


  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Depression

  • Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • (Optional: Crisis First Aid for non-suicidal self injury)
  • First aid for depression

 Part 2

Anxiety Problems

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Anxiety Problems

  • Crisis first aid for panic attacks
  • Crisis first aid after a traumatic event
  • First aid for anxiety problems

 Part 2


  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

Part 1

The MHFA Action Plan for Psychosis

  • Crisis first aid for severe psychotic states
  • First aid for psychosis

Part 2

Substance Use Problems

  • Signs, symptoms and interventions

 The MHFA Action Plan for Substance Use Problems

  • Crisis first aid for severe effects of substance use
  • Crisis first aid for aggressive behaviour

First aid for substance use problems

Important Information


We currently offer two-day (6 hours per day) face-to-face courses at our premises on the Sunshine Coast.


The 12-hour face-to-face course can be run over two consecutive days or over two to four weeks depending on staff availability.

Good news! No prerequisites required for the Mental Health First Aid training course, however this is an intensive two day program.

In order to gain ‘accredited mental health first aider’ status, you will need to complete a very quick quiz online after the course in order to receive your accreditation certificate. You do not need to complete the quiz if you simply want a certificate of participation.

On successful completion of this course, students will be issued with a Certificate of Completion. Students can also obtain a Certificate of Accreditation as a mental health first aider by completing a quick online quiz after the course.

Participants will also go away with a beautiful MHFA manual and MHFA merchandise.

Claim CPD Points

Most professionals are able to claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions see the full list here .

What the Course Covers

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, how to provide initial support and advice, where and how to get professional help and how to provide first aid to a person in crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

 Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Everyone’s Doing It!

  • Over 350,000 people have completed the MHFA course (more than 2% of the Australian adult population).
  • The program has spread to 23 countries, including the U.S.A, Canada, New Zealand, England, China, Japan, Singapore, Nepal and Finland.
  • Over 1,000,000 people have completed the MHFA course globally.

“Natalie was very informative, she has a very nice and easy going presence which is definitely a requirement when discussing this sensitive topic. I really enjoyed the course and found it relatable for both work and personal relationships.”

Mandy, Synergy Workplace Investigations

“Completing this course gave great insight and understanding of Mental health issues as well as providing means of communicating and dealing with people suffering from Mental Illness. Highly recommend to parents and the general public! Also every workplace.”

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