Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

Evidence-based Courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses are based on evidence of what is best practice mental health first aid to support someone who has a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing Delphi method guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts. All MHFA courses are then evaluated, using rigorous scientific methods, to ensure they are having a positive impact.

These evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness, benefits which are maintained over time. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others.

Mental Health First Aid Training Outcomes


Increases mental health literacy


Increases confidence in providing mental health first aid


Decreases stigmatising attitudes


Increases the support provided to others

If requested we will tailor the program to your organisations or individual needs and relate the training to your organisations own policies and procedures

The 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid course teaches any adult (18 years and over), particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people aged 65+, how to provide initial support to someone experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in olderĀ  people, 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.

Course Feedback

"It was highly engaging. Michelle was absolutely fabulous with the delivery of the content and did a great job by using a wide range of activities for the involvement of the participants. She is easily approachable for questions or clarifications"

"Very well presented. Instructor knowledgeable in the subject matter. Very caring attitude"

"Well presented course and very informative would highly recommend to others"