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Mental Health First Aid

Like traditional first aid, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a set of practical strategies to support someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis; until professional help is sought or the crisis resolves.

The course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental illness and mental health professionals.

We currently offer six versions of MHFA:


What are the benefits of Mental Health First Aid?

Across Australia, 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness every year. Completing a MHFA course will teach you the skills to be able to support a friend, family member or co-worker.

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

"This was by far the best training I have completed on mental health. It wasn’t about statistics, but really aimed at how we help those around us,” – Workplace MHFA participant.

What is covered in Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid courses cover the following mental health conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Courses also cover the following mental health crises:

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

MHFA course durations and costs

We have a range of training options available. Please be advised that all travel, accommodation, catering, venue hire and extra resources will incur an additional fee. Full attendance at each session, and completion of e-learning module (if applicable) is required to be eligible for accreditation.

Standard MHFA

  • 12 hours face to face (two days)
  • Up to 16 people
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,120 +GST
  • Individuals – $250 +GST

Blended online Community MHFA

  • Self-paced e-learning (six hours) plus two online instructor-led sessions of 2.5 hours each
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,456 +GST
  • Individuals – $280 +GST and includes e-voucher

Blended online Workplace MHFA 

  • Self-paced e-learning (six hours) plus two online instructor-led sessions of 2.5 hours each
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,456 +GST
  • Individuals – $280 +GST and includes e-voucher

Youth MHFA

  • 14 hours face to face (two days)
  • Up to 16 people
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,400 +GST
  • Individuals – $280 + GST

Blended face-face Youth MHFA

  • Self-paced e-learning (approx. 4 hours) plus 3 x 2.5 hours face to face
  • Up to 16 people
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,230 +GST
  • Individuals – $250 +GST and includes e-voucher

Blended online Youth MHFA

  • Self-paced e-learning (approx. 4 hours) plus 3 x 2.5-hour video conference sessions.
  • Up to 12 people
  • Minimum delivery fee for groups up to 10 participants – $2,230 +GST
  • Individuals – $250 +GST and includes e-voucher

Teen MHFA

  • Three 75-minute sessions delivered face to face
  • Minimum delivery fee for up to 30 students $1,631 +GST

About the trainer

Tim Carr, Marathon Health Training and Engagement Officer, has qualifications in both direct care, and management in community and sub-acute mental health settings. Tim has experience with clients who have severe and enduring mental health concerns and associated behaviour. 

Tim has 12 years of experience in the mental health and wellbeing industry.

Tim Carr is an Accredited Mental Health First Aid master instructor. This means he is recognised by MHFA Australia as having extensive experience delivering MHFA courses.

 “Tim's open presentation style created a comfortable environment in which to ask questions and get clarification. He had a great depth of knowledge and real-world experience which made the whole course very informative,” – Standard MHFA participant

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