Mental health training for students

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer a range of mental health training for students.

Supporting Student Mental Health as a Student Leader (Online training)

Developed by CAPS, this 50-60 minute online mental health training program for student leaders outlines a practical framework to recognise and assist another student who may be experiencing mental health issues.

You will learn how to:

  • Recognise common stressors students experience at university and common ways we cope with change and stress
  • Provide effective peer support to other students who may be experiencing mental health problems
  • Identify ways to care for your own mental health and develop healthy boundaries in the student leader role
  • Identify key University and external services and link someone with appropriate support.

The program includes a range of interactive exercises, video clips, and hearing personal stories from students about their mental health at university. You will also be able to follow the experiences of two student leaders as they support their peers. On completing this program, we hope that you will have increased your knowledge and confidence in supporting others who may be experiencing mental ill health.

To access the training, click on the Enrol button below. After enrolling, when you log-in to the LMS, you will see it in the list of available options on your dashboard.

Enrol in Supporting Student Mental Health as a Student Leader

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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 $50.00 (plus postage) for the eLearning. This fee is paid directly to MHFA Australia. Please email us at caps-workshops@unimelb.edu.au for detailed instructions on how to access the e-learning. It is recommended that you allow 5-7 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)Thursday 10 Feb 20221pm - 5pmCompleted
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Tuesday 12 Apr 20221pm - 5pmCompleted
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Wednesday 29 Jun 202212.30pm - 4.30pmCompleted
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Tuesday 9 Aug 202212.30pm - 4.30pmRegistrations closed
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Thursday 13 Oct 202212.30pm - 4.30pmCompleted
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Monday  21 Nov 202212.30pm - 4.30pmCompleted
Half-day in-person training (Blended MHFA Course for Tertiary Students)Wednesday 14 Dec 202212.30pm - 430pmRegister here (with unimelb email)

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 $50.00 (including GST) for Course Component 1. This fee is paid directly to MHFA Australia. Please email us at caps-workshops@unimelb.edu.au for detailed instructions on how to access the e-learning. It is recommended that you allow 5-7 hours to complete the eLearning.

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) Monday 31 Jan and Monday 7 Feb 2022 9.30am - 12pm Completed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Wednesday 9 Mar and Wednesday 16 Mar 20229.30am - 12pmCompleted
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions) Thursday 12 May and Thursday 19 May 2022 9.30am - 12pm Registrations closed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Wednesday 13 Jul and Wednesday 20 Jul 20229.30am - 12pmRegistrations closed
Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)Wednesday 14 Sept and Wednesday 21 Sept 20229.30am - 12pmRegistrations closed

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.