Mental Health Training for Staff

Mental Health First Aid Training

This accredited 12-hour course teaches the everyday person (adults 18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the most common 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. Participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep for reference and a Certificate of Completion.

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

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses developed by MHFA Australia. The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers Blended MHFA for Tertiary Students, and Standard Adult MHFA Courses, delivered by accredited MHFA instructors who are also Counsellors at CAPS. For more information about the programs please visit MHFA Australia.

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Cost: Free for University of Melbourne staff.

Staff may register for Mental Health First Aid via Themis.

Please visit the Staff Wellbeing Program website to view workshop dates.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

The MHFA for the Suicidal Person course is a 4 hour face-to-face accredited training course to learn how to give first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal. This course is based on the revised ‘Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours’ that were developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia. Course participants receive a Handbook to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Course Content

Learning outcomes of the course include:

  • Understanding accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context.
  • Reviewing the first aid guidelines of how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
  • Practicing these skills in a safe environment.

This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal.

Please note that the content of this course is also covered in the 2-day Standard MHFA Course. This course may be of interest to people specifically interested in how to respond to someone feeling suicidal.

Please contact CAPS on 8344 6927 if you are interested in this course.

Mental Health First Aid guidelines

Guidelines for Managers/Organisations

Free Self Paced Learning Opportunities

Additional Links

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

Download our brochure

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