Mental Health First Aid

In a world where mental health concerns are common in society, having the skills and knowledge to provide initial support to those experiencing mental health challenges is vital in primary health care.

1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental health problem in any given year. That means that every person is likely to know someone who is experiencing a mental health problem, whether that is a family member, a friend or colleague. In fact, mental illness is now said to affect every Australian either directly or indirectly. This makes mental health everybody’s business and demonstrates the need for community care models that empower individuals where they live, work and play.

This is where Mental Health First Aid training courses can help.

For more than 21 years Mental Health First Aid Australia’s evidence-based training courses have equipped people with the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to listen, connect and support someone experiencing a mental health problem.

The Benefits of Mental Health First Aid Training.

  • Knowledge: Improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies.
  • Confidence: Confidence in providing first aid to a person experiencing a mental health problem.
  • De-Stigmatising: Decreases in stigmatising attitudes.
  • Increasing Support: Increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

Additional support:

Access a wealth of resources, including guides, toolkits, and education, to deepen your understanding of mental health first aid.

Programs available:

Three program modes are available for nurses to participate in: Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA), Blended Online Mental Health First Aid - Community (Face to Face). and Blended Online Mental Health First Aid - Community (Virtual)  . Click the below buttons to find out more about each.          



Sara Drew | Program Solutions Manager | Leadership and Education
Alisha Komninos | Project Coordinator
Email or call 1300 303 184

*Primary health care refers to any setting outside of acute health, including but not limited to: Aged Care, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health services, Correctional/justice health, Community health, General practice and more.

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