What is Mental health First aid?

Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

What is the Youth Mental health First aid course?

The second edition Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is based on the international MHFA Guidelines. These guidelines were developed using consensus of mental health consumers, carers and professionals from English-speaking developed countries. For further information go to ‘Resources’ at: www.mhfa.com.au

Course Format

This is a 14-hour course. The delivery format is flexible. Course participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Where can YMHFA courses be held?

The course can be conducted wherever a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor can travel. If extended travel is required, the instructor’s expenses may need to be met (to be negotiated with the instructor).

Who can attend a YMHFA course?

Any interested adult can attend. Please note that this course is not for adolescents to attend. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.
Contact your local instructor to ask about their fees.

All instructors of this course are trained by the Mental Health First Aid Training and Research Program

About the MHFA Program

The Mental Health First Aid Program was developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Prof. Tony Jorm.

The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours. These evaluations have been carried out in
workplace and community settings. For further information and links to MHFA related evaluations go to ‘Research’ at: www.mhfa.com.au

Other available MHFA Courses

  • 12-hour standard MHFA course covering how to assist adults
  • 14-hour aboriginal and Torres strait islander MHFA course covering how to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • instructor Training courses accrediting suitable candidates to become Instructors of the 12-hour or 14-hour courses. For more information go to ‘Be an Instructor’ at: www.mhfa.com.au