Mental Health First Aid (Standard)

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Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course is a 12-hour course that teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to those who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis is resolved.

This course has been widely evaluated in research trials conducted by MHFA Australia and independent organisations. These evaluations consistently show that participants who complete the course have improved; knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies - and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental illness. Some studies have also shown improved mental health in those who attend the training, decreases in stigmatising attitudes and increases in the amount and type of support provided to others. The evaluations also saw the benefits are maintained over time by participants.

Key topics:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

  • Mental health crisis situations covered are:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

  • Participants who have passed the assessment are Accredited against Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines and endorsed by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

    Course ID MHFA1000
    Price $990.00 (GST exempt)
    Start date Thursday, 24 August 2017
    Finish date Friday, 25 August 2017
    Sessions 2 sessions of 7 hours
    Time 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Location CIT Bruce
    Status Module is finished.


    All materials are covered in the cost

    Please arrive 15 minutes early.

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    Learning outcomes
    This is a 12-hour course, which can be delivered as:

  • A 2-day training package (6 hours per day)
  • Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.
  • Once learners have completed the course and passed the online assessment they will receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.
  • Participants can download their eCertificate of Accreditation to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

  • Location: CIT Bruce

    Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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    Postal Address

    • PO Box 226
    • Jamison ACT 2614
    • Canberra, Australia

    Physical Address

    • J Block, Room J013
    • Vowels Crescent
    • Canberra Institute of Technology
    • Bruce Campus
    • Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617
    • Canberra, Australia

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