Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a certified training program which teaches you how to provide initial support to someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

About Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training

MHFA training is for anyone who would like to gain more knowledge, skills, and confidence to assist someone who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

MHFA training covers mental health problems including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

and mental health crisis situations including:

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

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, you will learn how to look out for signs that someone may be experiencing a mental health problem and approach them to start a conversation, how to listen and respond, and help someone access the support they might need as part of their recovery journey. You will also have the opportunity to practise applying MHFA skills in a group setting.

After completing the course requirements including a brief online assessment, participants can become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

CAPS currently offers two options for MHFA training for students:

Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students

The Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students comprises two components: (i) online (eLearning) followed by (ii) a half day of in-person training.

eLearning

The interactive self-paced eLearning component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. There is a fee of $55.00 (plus postage) for the eLearning. This fee is paid directly to MHFA Australia. The cost and registration for Course Component 1 - eLearning will need to be arranged independently.

Register for the eLearning for the Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students here. Please use your Unimelb student email address when you create an account with MHFA Australia.

It is recommended that you allow 8 hours to complete the eLearning.

Half-day in-person training

The half-day in-person training component follows the eLearning component. The in-person training focuses on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Examine issues pertinent to mental health problems in the student population in more depth
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios.

CAPS counsellors who are Accredited MHFA Instructors provide this in-person training to currently enrolled students free of charge.

Registration for half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)

Completion of the eLearning is a prerequisite for attending these sessions. The half-day in-person training needs to be completed within 3 months of the eLearning in order to complete accreditation.

You can register for the in-person training sessions below. Please sign in with your unimelb email address and password. To register, you will need to upload your certificate of completion of the eLearning (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students). Please only register for one session, and cancel your registration if you are no longer able to attend so places can be offered to students on the waitlist.

CourseDateTimeRegister
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Tuesday 3 Aug 20211pm - 5pmRegister here (login with your unimelb email)
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Monday 20 Sep 20211pm - 5pmRegister  here (login with your unimelb email)
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Thursday 25 Nov 20211pm - 5pmRegistrations open Mon 1 Nov 2021

Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course

The Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course comprises two components:

Course Component 1 - Self-paced interactive eLearning (5 - 7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. There is a fee of $55.00 (including GST) for Course Component 1. This fee is paid directly to MHFA Australia. The cost and registration for Course Component 1 - eLearning will need to be arranged independently.

Register for Course Component 1 for the Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course here. Please use your Unimelb student email address when you create an account with MHFA Australia.

Course Component 2 - Instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Course Component 2 follows the completion of Course Component 1 - eLearning. Course Component 2 provides participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in an online group environment.

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counsellors who are Accredited MHFA Instructors provide Course Component 2 to currently enrolled students free of charge.

Registration for Course Component 2 (Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course)

Completion of Course Component 1 - eLearning is a prerequisite for attending Course Component 2. Course Component 2 needs to be completed within 3 months of Course Component 1 in order to complete accreditation.

You can register for the 2 x 2.5 hour Instructor-led video conferencing sessions below. Please sign in with your unimelb email address and password. To register, you will need to upload your certificate of completion of Course Component 1 - eLearning (Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course). Please only register for one session, and cancel your registration if you are no longer able to attend so places can be offered to students on the waitlist.

CourseDatesTimeRegister
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Wednesday 14 July and Wednesday 21 July 2021 9.30am - 12pm Completed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Wednesday 11 Aug and Wednesday 18 Aug 2021 9.30am - 12pm Registrations closed 
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Wednesday 6 Oct and Wednesday 13 Oct 2021 9.30am - 12pm Register here (login with your unimelb email)
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Thursday 2 and Thursday 9 Dec 2021 9.30am - 12pm Registrations open Mon 1 Nov 2021

Standard 2-Day Mental Health First Aid Training

For some student groups, MHFA programs can also be completed in a 2-day in-person format. The content and accreditation for this course is equivalent to the blended version.

For any Mental Health First Aid Training enquiries, please email caps-workshops@unimelb.edu.au.