Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

A vital counterpart to traditional first aid training, MHFA is evidence-based, evaluated training developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and delivered in over 22 countries.

The program covers topics related to 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; and aggressive behaviours.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • provide initial help
  • know where and how to get professional help
  • understand what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective
  • provide mental first aid in a crisis situation.

Participants acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills in dealing with people with mental health issues and learn how to administer mental health first aid.