Mental Health Training for Staff

Supporting Student Mental Health - Online training for staff

This 40-minute online training program for staff of the University of Melbourne aims to assist you in supporting students experiencing mental health problems. Developed by our counsellors, it covers topics including an introduction to student mental health, how staff can help, responding to students in distress, and support services and resources.

To access the training:

  1. Login to the LMS
  2. Return to this page to click on the Enrol button below and follow the instructions to self-enrol

Enrol in Supporting Student Mental Health

After completing this program, if you are interested in further mental health training opportunities, please see the additional courses offered below, or contact the CAPS Workshops and Training team at

2-Day Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course

This accredited 12-hour course developed by MHFA Australia teaches 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. Click here for details about the course content.

Suitable for staff who have reviewed the Supporting Student Mental Health online training program and would like to learn more about common mental illnesses, as well as practice applying mental health first aid skills in a group setting.

Facilitated by Counsellors at Counselling and Psychological Services who are also accredited MHFA Instructors.

Free for University staff. Participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep for reference and a Certificate of Completion.

Registration: Staff may register for our upcoming 2-day MHFA Courses via Themis

2-Day MHFA Course (Staff)Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th July 9.30am - 4.30pm
2-Day MHFA Course (Staff)Thursday 8th & Thursday 15th August 9.30am - 4.30pm
2-Day MHFA Course (Staff)Monday 11th & Tuesday 12th November 9.30am - 4.30pm

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Suicidal Person

This accredited 4-hour face-to-face course was developed by MHFA Australia to learn how to give first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal.  This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.  Click here for further details about the content of this course.

Suitable for staff who have specific interest in furthering their knowledge and skills in relation to responding to a suicidal person; but do not want to enrol in the 2-Day MHFA Course. Course content is covered in the 2-Day MHFA Course. May also be suitable for staff who have completed the 2-Day Standard Mental Health First Aid Course but would like refresher training or further development of their skills in this area.

Please contact the CAPS Workshops and Training team at if you are interested in this course.

Tailored Mental Health Training for Staff

CAPS can offer tailored mental health training for staff on topics such as managing students of concern/at risk/in distress. These programs are offered directly following a request from staff in faculties or administrative areas, or through the Staff Wellbeing Program.

To discuss a tailored mental health training session or for further information, please contact the CAPS Workshops and Training team at

External Online Learning Resources

Additional Mental Health Resources

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