Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental illness is defined as “a diagnosable illness, which affects a person’s thinking, emotional state and behaviour, and disrupts the person’s ability to work, carry out normal daily activities, and engage in satisfying relationships”.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program certifies participants as mental health first aiders in the workplace and provides practical information about key mental illnesses so that they can identify risks in the workplace, and provide assistance if someone is experiencing a mental health issue.

MHFA training provides a first aid process for non-crisis intervention, which can be applied to someone experiencing any of the following: 

  • Depression,
  • Anxiety,
  • Psychosis,
  • The effects of an alcohol or substance disorder.

The training also provides a process for dealing with crisis situations including the following: 

  • Suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviours,
  • Panic attack,
  • Severe psychotic episode,
  • High levels of intoxication (sometimes with aggressive behaviour).

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a highly interactive 2-day program with DVDs, workshop exercises, group discussions and informative material content.

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Further Information

Contact: Judy Gay, Program Officer 02 9477 8700 or email: