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 in a mental health crisis situation, or someone who is developing a mental disorder, until professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

About Mental Health First Aid training

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

In this course you will learn signs to look out for that someone around you might be experiencing mental health problems or in crisis, how to have MHFA conversations, what to do and who to contact for further support for the person you are helping.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

To prioritise the health and wellbeing of the University community, we have temporarily transitioned to completely online MHFA courses for the remainder of 2020.

From August 2020, we will be offering the Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course. This is an adaptation of the Tertiary Course previously offered, however, the 4-hour face-to-face session has been replaced by 2 x 2.5 hour Instructor-led video conferencing sessions using Zoom. This completely online course is an equivalent qualification that leads to accreditation as a MHFAider for 3 years.

When COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and we are safely able to deliver face-to-face group training, we will resume our in-person MHFA sessions.

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 payable directly to MHFA Australia fo the eLearning component.

To register for Course Component 1 and for more information about the Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course, visit the MHFA Australia website. The cost and registration for Course Component 1 - eLearning will need to be arranged independently.

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. Please allow at least 2 weeks to complete Component 1 prior to attending 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 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.

To confirm your place, you will need to email your certificate of completion of Course Component 1 - eLearning to us at at least 1 week prior to the Course Component 2 session you have registered for.

Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Thursday 20 August and Thursday 27 August2 - 4.30pm Session completed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Wednesday 9 September and Wednesday 16 September10am - 12.30pmSession completed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Friday 9 October and Friday 16 October10am - 12.30pm Registration full
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Monday 2 November and Monday 9 November2 - 4.30pmRegistration full
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Thursday 3 December and Thursday 10 December 10am - 12.30pmRegistration full

Standard 2-Day Mental Health First Aid Training

COVID-19 update: This course is currently not available due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

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

For any Mental Health First Aid Training enquiries, please email