Mental health training

A range of mental health training is offered for both staff and students, including:

Mental Health Essentials, a 3-hour session covering definitions of mental health problems, duty of care obligations and support services.

Mental Health First Aid, an accredited 2-day course (12 hours) that teaches the everyday person (adults 18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. Counselling and Psychological Services offers Standard Adult MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.  More information about MHFA Australia here

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, 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.Mental Health First Aid Logo

What the course covers:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours. Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep for reference and a Certificate of Completion.

Mental Health First Aid guidelines:

Guidelines for Managers/Organisations

Free self paced learning opportunities:

Additional links

For current student training dates please check out our training dates webpage and register your interest.

Tailored sessions can also be organised for groups of staff or students with common training needs. To discuss your training needs, please contact Orania Tokatlidis, on 8344 6927 or

For current staff training dates see Staff Wellbeing Program and enrol through Themis

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Website of the Mental Health Strategy Promotion and Support Working Group of the University of Melbourne