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 are currently offering the Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course until further notice. This course is completely online, and leads to accreditation as a MHFAider for 3 years. When 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 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.

Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Thursday 14 Jan 2021 and Thursday 21 Jan 20219.30am - 12pmRegister here
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Friday 22 Jan 2021 and Friday 29 Jan 20219.30am - 12pmRegister here
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Wednesday 10 Feb and Wednesday 17 Feb 20219.30am - 12pmRegister here
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Thursday 11 Mar and Thursday 18 Mar 20219.30am - 12pmRegister here

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