At MHIST we provide a range of training courses to help you to help others as part of our mission to raise awareness and skill levels of helpers in the community.
We facilitate our courses in a respectful way ensuring that every participant feels heard and walks away feeling inspired and motivated to make personal and professional change in their lives.
The focus of our courses is people - how they respond, feel, fall and get back up again.
All of these course are grounded in solid evidence-based research to ensure the training you receive is best practice.
Dave Segal works for Mental Health First Aid Australia as the National Standard Instructor Coordinator, assisting and supporting all standard MHFA Instructors.
Dave is also an ASIST Trainer which is a standardised Suicide Intervention course delivered all around the world.
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Mental Health First Aid


Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. MHIST offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
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14-hour Youth MHFA Course

Group fee is $3000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adolescents who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. This course is suitable for delivery to workplaces.

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12-hour Standard MHFA Course

Group fee is $3000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
The 12-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) 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. This course is suitable for delivery to workplaces.

Refresher courses for re-accreditation


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4-hour Youth MHFA Refresher Course

4-hour short course to refresh an accredited MHFAider. Group fee is $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 14 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course. Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field. Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal. Work through complex mental health first aid interactions. Practice mental health first aid skills.

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4-hour Standard MHFA Refresher Course

4-hour short course to refresh an accredited MHFAider. Group fee is $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course. Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field. Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal. Work through complex mental health first aid interactions. Practice mental health first aid skills.

Crisis & Short Courses

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4-hour MHFA for the Suicidal Person

4-hour short course to help a person who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Group fee is $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
Do you know how to help someone that is feeling suicidal? Learn practical skills to improve your confidence in this half-day course.
The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Suicidal Person Course teaches participants accurate information about suicide rates and risk factors in the Australian context and first aid guidelines on how to intervene when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice these skills.

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15-hour ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

This is the complete 2 day course. Course fee for individuals is $300+ GST.
Learn to apply a suicide intervention model.
It helps caregivers recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide.
It then explores how to connect with them in ways that understand and clarify that risk, increase their immediate safety and link them with further help.
ASIST is a useful course for any human who knows other humans.
There should be no barriers to learning how to prevent suicide.

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4-hour NJCST - Non-Judgemental Communication Skills Training

4-hour short course to help a person who is experiencing non suicidal self injury. Group fee $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue.
Learn to enhance the skills you already have within a context of helping others through non-judgemental communication including verbal and non-verbal methods. This is an interactive skills based workshop.
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4-hour CIST - Crisis Intervention Skills Training - Generic

4-hour short course to help a person deal with crisis. Group fee $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue.
Learn a seven step model to help someone experiencing any crisis.
The course will also focus on the wellbeing of the helper covering vicarious trauma, boundaries and communication skills.
Useful for: Teachers, Youth Workers, Pastoral Care Workers or anyone who has a position of care and responsibility.

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4-hour MHFA for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

4-hour short course to help a person who is experiencing non suicidal self injury. Group fee $1000+GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
This course gives participants an opportunity to learn how to help someone who is engaging in self-injury. Want you will learn:
  • Why people engage in self-injury
  • How to talk to someone about their self-injury
  • How to help the person stay safe
  • How to connect someone to appropriate professional help
  • How to assess for suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
    Useful for teachers, pastoral care workers,youth workers.

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    4-Hour MHFA for Gambling Problems

    4-hour short course to help a person who experiencing gambling problems. Group fee $1000 + GST (up to 22 participants) where the client supplies the venue. Manuals additional cost.
    Those with gambling problems are at increased risk of suicide and likely to experience mental health problems including depression, anxiety and substance use problems.
    This course aims to address these concerns by teaching community members how to provide mental health first aid to people experiencing gambling problems.
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    Please get in touch to find out how MHIST can deliver training for you organisation.