Standard Mental Health First Aid Course

This 12-hour Course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to friends, family and co-workers.

 Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

What is the Standard Mental Health First Aid course? 

The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. Curriculum content is evidence-based, with the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates. 

Course Content 

The SMHFA course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing any of the following mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or mental health crises:

 Developing mental health problems 

• Depression 

• Anxiety problems 

• Psychosis 

• Substance use problems. 

Mental health crises 

• 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. 

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

Course Format 

This is a 12-hour course with flexible delivery. Course participants receive a copy of the SMHFA Manual and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider. 

Who can attend a SMHFA course? 

Any interested adult can attend – there are no prerequisites for this course. 

Why attend a SMHFA Course? 

As a participant you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem. 

Note: The information provided in MHFA courses is for general mental health first aid only and is not intended to be and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specific professional medical advice 

If you are interested in delivering  SMHFA in your work place, Please contact Louise with your details and I will get back to you with a business proposal.