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Mental Health First Aid

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches people the skills to help someone who they’re concerned about.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Approximately 20% of Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Completing a MHFA Course will help you to develop the skills to support a friend, family member or co-worker.

Here’s what you’ll learn;

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Mental Health First Aid covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

Why Mental Health First Aid

Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community and inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common. Many people lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem, including how to approach someone and start a safe conversation.

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in the help provided.

All MHFA courses are evaluated, using rigorous scientific methods, to ensure they are having a positive impact.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Who should complete this training?

This training can be completed by any adult with an interest in mental health or any employee who wishes to act as an appointed Mental Health First Aid Officer within their workplace.


This course is delivered across 2 days in a classroom (face to face) for 6 hours each day.

Private courses can also be delivered face to face for organisations and/or businesses with a minimum of 6 participants.


There are no prerequisites for this MHFA training course.


Novaskill employs a MHFA accredited Instructor to deliver this course.


Following the 2 day face to face course, participants will be required to complete an online assessment to become accredited with MHFA Australia and receive their certificate of completion which is valid for 3 years.

Note: Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are not mapped to the VET framework and course participants do not receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment.


Please contact your local branch for pricing details. Discounts may be available for group bookings.

Group Bookings

Discounts may be available for group bookings. Please contact your local branch for pricing details and to discuss your specific requirements. Find out some of the many benefits of MHFA Training in your business here. 

Mental Health First Aid training is completed with an accredited MHFA Australia Instructor. To be ‘accredited’ means a MHFA course participant is accredited against the MHFA Australia guidelines. For more information about this training, please visit mhfa.com.au