Mental Health First Aid

The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.


A version of the standard course is also available for people working or living with people with an Intellectual Disability.


What the Course Covers

Course participants learn:

  • about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems,
  • how to provide initial help,
  • where and how to get professional help,
  • what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective,
  • and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered:

  • 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

Course Delivery

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

  • A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), OR
  • As 4 separate training modules (3 hours each)

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