Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Learn how to spot the signs of a mental health problem talk to someone about their mental health encourage someone to get support save a life

Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness.

Many people don't feel knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you the skills to help someone you feel needs a helping hand with their Mental Health.

Mental Health First Aid is so important. With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental illness of some kind every year, statistically, we are sure to know someone who is experiencing a mental health issue, right now.

Equipping ourselves with Mental Health First Aid skills is essential. These skills allow us to open up difficult conversations where we feel someone may be experiencing a mental health issue, and assist them to get professional assistance for it.


Mental Health First Aid is the benchmark Mental Health First Aid course in Australia and globally. Its' designed and developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia. It's recognised internationally for evidence-based and highly practical.

We deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid program which is suited for organisations, workplaces or individuals. Anyone wishing to learn more about mental health and mental illness will benefit from this course.

The course provides a wide ranging overview of all common mental health issues. You learn how to recognise their symptoms and signs. We'll cover how to have a conversation with someone about their mental health. It also shows you where you can refer someone to get professional help.

Our facilitators are professionally trained and accredited to deliver this program publicly and in house for organisations and workplaces. They are highly skilled and caring, ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment.

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Feel Confident

You will learn the knowledge and skills to offer first aid for a mental health problem.

Evidence Based

MHFA courses are evidence based and go through a process of continuous evaluation.

Action Plan

Learn a simple acronym action plan to have a conversation with someone about their mental health

Global Community

You'll join a community or more than a million people worldwide who have completed this program

Mental Health skills are essential skill for everyone.

In this video, you'll hear from a range of people about why they learnt Mental Health First Aid.

It's our belief at The Mental Health Coach that having these skills is something everyone should have.

Understanding how to talk about mental health and help someone in need is an important skill. Many people feel uncomfortable and unprepared when thinking about starting a conversation with someone they are concerned about.

The course teaches you the skills to feel confident about what to do when you're worried that someone may have a mental health problem.

Would you know how to help?

Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community. Inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common.

Many people lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a, friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem. This includes how to approach someone and start a safe conversation. This is a very common and normal phenomenon.

Many people we work with have said they have experienced times where they have felt 'something isn't right'. Or they thought their client or friend may be experiencing a mental illness, but have not known how to start the conversation.

This course teaches you exactly how to have those conversations.

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What you'll learn

  • An overview of mental health, and Mental Health First Aid
  • Common myths and misunderstandings about mental illness
  • The common signs and symptoms of a mental health issue
  • How to approach someone about their mental health
  • How to assess the severity of the situation
  • What to do in a mental health crisis situation
  • Practical skills to intervene in real-world mental health situations
  • How to encourage someone to get professional help
  • A range of options and places to access professional help

Mental Health Issues Covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

What our clients say about this course

I feel so comfortable now with providing mental health first aid to anyone in need.

Great course. Everyone should do it!

Nick knew his subject, dealt well with Zoom and facilitated the group really skilfully. He was considerate supportive and upbeat.

This course has brought about a personal passion and has highlighted the importance for mental health first aid. I believe it should be a standard requirement for all workplaces.

I now feel confident to have conversations rather than just observe people's behaviour.

It is important to do to not only improve your understanding of mental health, but to give you the confidence to act in a mental health emergency

Nick created a safe and engaging learning environment from the beginning, he was clear, articulate, relatable with a wealth of knowledge and a joy to listen to.

Course Format

We deliver the Mental Health First Aid course completely online. This means you can join one of our programs from anywhere in Australia.

Upon enrolment, you'll be setup with access to a nationally standardised e-learning package. This is provided through Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Once complete, you'll join us for two, 3 hour live web-based sessions with our accredited and highly acclaimed facilitator, Nick McEwan-Hall.

You'll have access to our facilitators throughout your learning. You'll be able to ask questions, and get support and implement what you learn.

We also provide lifetime support for our clients, so you can contact us anytime for support with using your new skills.

Who can attend this course?

This course is open to anyone and is ideally aimed at those aged 18 or above. It's an educational course and not a therapy or support service.

You don't need any experience or knowledge about mental health or mental illness at all. Everyone is welcome to attend.


After completing your program with us, you can be recognised for your skills with a formal accreditation. There is no cost for accreditation and we will walk you through the process.

Upcoming Course Dates

Face to Face Course - March 29 & April 1 - 9am - 4pm in South Melbourne

Face to Face Course - April 8 & 9 - 9am - 4pm in Alice Springs

April 22 & 29, 9am-12 Noon (Melbourne Time)

May 24 & 31, 1-4pm (Melbourne Time)

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Your Facilitator

We know that a great course is made even better by a fantastic facilitator!

Our Founder, Nick McEwan-Hall, facilitates our Mental Health First Aid courses for us. You may have seen Nick present at conferences, workshops and webinars.

If you have, you'll know Nick is a great facilitator who knows how to bring learning to life. Nick is as passionate about good facilitation as he is about the content.

Participants in our courses rate Nick a 9.7 out of 10 for his facilitation skills. We're sure you'll find Nick creative, engaging, knowledgeable, caring and fun!

Enrol now. Learn the skills. Save a life.