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

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.

Blended Mental Health First Aid Course for Tertiary Students

Blended MHFA training consists of online training followed by a half-day face-to-face workshop.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update as at 18/3/2020:

To prioritise the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, and in line with the University's response, we will be temporarily suspending our Blended MHFA training courses. Please check this page at a later date for updates on when these will resume. If you have any further questions about Blended MHFA training, please contact the CAPS Workshops and Training team.

Online training

When registering for the online training, please note:

  • Use your University of Melbourne student email address.
  • Online training has a cost of $50, this is paid directly to Mental Health First Aid Australia.
  • It is recommended that you allow 8 hours to complete the online training.
  • You must have completed the online training before attending a face-to-face workshop. Please email your certificate of completion of the online training to us at at least 1 week prior to the face to face session you are registered in to confirm your place.
  • The face-to-face workshop is free for currently enrolled University of Melbourne students.

Face-to-face workshop

Workshop times and dates for 2020 are listed below. Registrations will open one month before each workshop. 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.

Mental Health First Aid (Blended) Wednesday 26 February12.30 - 4.30pm Registration closed
Mental Health First Aid (Blended) Friday 27 March12.30 - 4.30pm Cancelled
Mental Health First Aid (Blended) Wednesday 15 April12 - 4pm Suspended
Mental Health First Aid (Blended) Tuesday 12 May 12 - 4pm Suspended
Mental Health First Aid (Blended) Monday 22 June 9.30am - 1.30pm Suspended
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Thursday 23 July10.30am - 2.30pmRegistration opens
Thursday 25 June
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Tuesday 18 August9.30am - 1.30pmRegistration opens
Tuesday 14 July
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Wednesday 9 September
(R U OK? Day)
9.30am - 1.30pmRegistration opens
Wednesday 12 August
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Friday 2 October12.30 - 4.30pmRegistration opens
Friday 4 September
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Monday 16 November9.30am - 1.30pmRegistration opens
Monday 12 October
Mental Health First Aid (Blended)Wednesday 9 December9.30am - 1.30pmRegistration opens
Wednesday 11 November

Standard 2-Day Mental Health First Aid Training

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