Mental Health First Aid (course)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach people simple, practical first aid skills for helping a family member, friend, or co-worker who is experiencing mental health problems.

What you will learn

MHFA courses will teach participants how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem, even if they are experiencing a crisis.

Participants will learn how to help someone access the support they might need to successfully manage symptoms. This may include:

  • self-help books or websites
  • accessing support through their GP, their school, faculty or place of work
  • online self-referral
  • or support groups.

MFHA courses actively reduce stigma in your community, by providing participants resources to respond appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

Mental Health First Aid courses are offered at Charles Sturt University as blended online learning modules with MHFA Australia. This includes an eLearning component and interactive Zoom workshops.

Course options

We run two variations of this course. Both Community and Tertiary meet the criteria for work placement requirements.
At times we will also offer a MHFA Refresher course for those wanting to maintain their 3 year accreditation.

Tertiary

Why choose Tertiary?

Learn how to assist a fellow student developing a mental health problem or who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. However course participants will learn mental health first aid skills that can be applied to help any adult. Course content is tailored to the student setting using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs.

More about the Tertiary course

Community

Why choose Community?

Learn how to assist an adult who is developing a mental health problem or who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

More about the Community course

How to complete the course

Register

Secure your preferred time

Upcoming sessions

Register now, workshops are limited to 12 participants and spaces fill up quickly. Register for upcoming workshops by filtering 'Health & wellbeing' or searching 'MHFA'

Community (Blended Online  MHFA Workshop)
DateTimeRegister
17 and 24 Jan 2022 1:00 - 3:30 pm Book now
8 and 15 Feb 2022 1:00 - 3:30 pm Coming soon
9 and 16 Feb 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Coming soon
3 and 10 March 2022 1:00 - 3:30 pm Coming soon
19 and 16 April 2022 1:00 - 3:30 pm Coming soon
26 and 27 April 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Coming soon
9 and 16 May 2022 1:30 - 4:00 pm Coming soon
6 and 13 June 2022 1:00 - 3:30 pm Coming soon
7 and 9 June 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Coming soon
20 and 27 June 2022 1:30 - 4:00 pm Coming soon
Tertiary (Blended Online  MHFA Workshop)
DateTimeRegister
19 & 21 Jan 2022 1:30 - 4:00 pm Book now
20 & 27 Jan 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Book now

Please email mhfa@csu.edu.au for all enquiries, course options and registration planning.

We continually run workshops that are added to the portal pending available facilitators. If there are no workshops displayed, please contact MHFA@csu.edu.au to be placed on our waiting list.

Pay

There is a fee for this course

You will need to pay a total of $75;

  • $55 for your eLearning component
  • $20 for both instructor-led workshops

You will receive an email to request payment after you register.

Post June 2022 (or when our vouchers run out) you will need to pay the $55 directly to MHFA.

eLearning

Complete the self-paced eLearning component

This component teaches you about mental health problems, mental health crises, and skills to offer initial help to an adult developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

You MUST complete eLearning prior to our workshops. The eLearning takes around 5 hours to complete online.

MFHA will send you a voucher once you register and pay.

Workshops

Attend the instructor-led workshops

The follow-on Instructor-led sessions allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate knowledge and skills in a group environment, and to apply their skills to specific scenarios.

To receive your certificate you need to attend 2 x 2.5 hour workshops within 3 months of completing the initial eLearning component.

Our workshops are delivered online via zoom.

Accreditation

Complete the online Accreditation Assessment

After completing both components of a blended course, participants can complete an online Accreditation Assessment to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person 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.

Benefits

  • Mental health problems are common.
  • Many people are not well informed on how to recognise mental health problems.
  • Many people with mental health problems do not seek help or delay seeking help.
  • There is a stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.
  • People with mental health problems may be unaware that they need help.
  • Professional help is not always available.
  • Mental Health First Aid has been proven to work.

Course options

Mental Health First Aid is available as a blended course with an eLearning component through MHFA Australia, followed by a four-hour face-to-face session and online quiz.

The eLearning component gives you an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. The face-to-face component will revise and apply the knowledge and skills from the eLearning, giving you the chance to examine issues relating to students in more depth, clarify any questions from the online modules and apply the MHFA Action Plan to scenarios.

You can also choose to complete the course as a two-day face-to-face workshop.

Health and social welfare students

First-year students in a range of health and social welfare courses can complete the online component of the blended course free. To see whether your course is eligible, visit the MHFA website.

  1. Enrol in the eLearning component free through MHFA
  2. Once you have completed the eLearning, register your interest for a four-hour face-to-face component using the button below. This component costs $35 and should be paid at the cashier or through the Charles Sturt secure online payment site before the session. If you are not near a Charles Sturt University campus, you can find a facilitator in your local area through the MHFA Australia website
  3. Complete the online quiz to gain accreditation, valid for three years.

Students in other years of these courses can request a voucher from Charles Sturt University to complete the online component free, using the Expression of Interest link at the bottom of the page.

Students in other courses and staff

We have vouchers available for students from other courses to complete the online component of the blended course at no cost. To claim a voucher, register your interest via the link below.

  1. Use your voucher code to enrol in the eLearning component through MHFA
  2. Once you have completed the eLearning, contact a facilitator on your campus to confirm available dates and register your interest for the four-hour face-to-face component. This component costs $35 and should be paid at the cashier or through the Charles Sturt secure online payment site before the session. Staff should pay using an internal Journal Funds Transfer emailed to the Division of Student Services. If you are not near a Charles Sturt University campus, you can find a facilitator in your local area through the MHFA Australia website
  3. Complete the online quiz to gain accreditation, valid for three years.

Two-day face-to-face workshop

You can also complete the training as a two-day face-to-face workshop. This option does not run all the time, so contact a facilitator on your campus to confirm available dates and register your interest for a two-day workshop. You may also be able to find a facilitator for the course in your local community via the MHFA website.

Completing the workshop through Charles Sturt University costs $60 and should be paid at the cashier or through the Charles Sturt secure online payment site before the session. Staff should pay using an internal Journal Funds Transfer emailed to the Division of Student Services.

Upcoming course dates

Check the events calendars for upcoming workshop dates at your campus. You will need to contact your campus facilitator to confirm places are still available.

You may also be able to find a facilitator for the face-to-face component in your local community.

More information

For more information, visit Mental Health First Aid Australia

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