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Helping Rural Families and Agricultural Businesses

Diane is trained to deliver

Standard  MHFA - Adults helping adults

Youth MHFA - Adults helping youth

TeenMHFA - Young people helping a friend

Ross is a STANDARD MHFA Facilitator


  The 12-hour STANDARD MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE.  This course teaches adults how to assist other adults who are experiencing a mental health  crisis or developing a mental health problem.

What is Mental health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone developing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The frst aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

What is the Standard Mental health First  Aid course?

The third edition Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course  is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines

were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries.  Further information here:

About MHFA Australia

The Mental Health First Aid Program was developed in 2001 by  Betty Kitchener and Prof. Tony Jorm. It was then auspiced as a training and research program at Orygen Youth Health Research  Centre, University of Melbourne from mid 2005. Since mid 2012 it  has operated as a non-proft health promotion charity called Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Who would benefit from doing a MHFA course?

Anyone who lives works or cares for people would benefit, similar to attending a Physical First Aid Course MHFA  is intended to help  everyday people increase their capacity to have the confidence to help an individual who may be experiencing a mental health issue this can be anything from stress to psychosis.  This course is also not a therapy or  support group, rather it is an education course.

Contact your local instructor to ask about their fees.

 All instructors of this course are trained by Mental Health First Aid Australia

 Course Content   

The Standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to  assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a  mental health crisis.

Developing mental health problems covered:

•        Depression •        Anxiety

•        Psychosis

•        Substance misuse

Mental health crises covered:

•        Suicidal thoughts and behaviours •        Non-suicidal self-injury

•        Panic attacks

•        Traumatic events

•        Severe psychotic states

•        Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse •        Aggressive behaviours

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental  health problems, where and how to get help and what sort of help

The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in  improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing  helping behaviours. These evaluations have been carried out in workplace and community settings. Further information and links to  MHFA related evaluations here:

The Program has spread to every state and territory of Australia  and internationally. More information here:


Course Format

This is a 12-hour course (4 modules, each 3 hours). The delivery  format is fexible.  Course participants receive a copy of the

Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certifcate of Completion.

Where can the courses be held?

The course can be conducted wherever a Mental Health First Aid  Instructor can travel. If extended travel is required, the instructor’s  expenses may need to be met (to be negotiated with the instructor).

upcoming MhFA courses

MHFA courses for members of the public are advertised through  the MHFA website at:

MHFA is recognised as Professional Development by many organisations