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Mental Health First Aid

In response to COVID-19, Mental Health First Aid Australia has developed a series of new online courses for workplaces and the community.

These courses are delivered by a MHFA Australia accredited instructor. Please note that most courses run with a minimum of 8 students and can host a maximum of 12 students. CIT reserves the right not to offer courses where there are insufficient student enrolments.

What is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)?

MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public. Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Who can attend training?

Any interested adult (18 years and over) can attend. Please note, training is not intended as a therapy or support group, rather they are education programs to learn how to give first aid to others. MHFA Australia will issue a statement of participation to students after completion of an online quiz.

MHFA courses now available through CIT:

  • Standard MHFA (face-to-face)
    • Overview: Standard MHFA teaches people (18 years and over) how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the MHFA Guidelines.

      Training format: 12-hour training delivered as a two-day training workshop. Training participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a MHFA certificate of completion.


      Cost: $300 (includes MHFA manual and catering)


      Location: CIT Bruce


      Time: Classes are hosted from 9am - 4:30pm. All potential participants MUST be able to attend both days of the training.


      Next training dates: 10 and 17 May 2021 - Click here to book.

  • Standard MHFA Refresher (face-to-face)
    • Overview: Standard MHFA Refresher allows people who have previously completed a Standard Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher course offers an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further three years. You may take the Refresher course up to three months after your accreditation has expired.


      Training format: Four hour workshop.


      Cost: $150


      Location: CIT Bruce


      Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm


      Next training dates: Thursday 22 April – Click here to book.

  • Blended online MHFA Community (blended online)
    • Overview: The blended online MHFA Community Course has been adapted from the Standard Mental Health First Aid Course for adults.

      In this informative and practical course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan. For more information see https://mhfa.com.au/courses/elearning/60888


      Training format: 100% online in a blended format.

      Course Component 1 - A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete)

      Course Component 2 - An instructor led component using video conferencing (must attend two sessions of 2.5 hours).


      Cost: $250


      Location: Online via 2 x live virtual training sessions.


      Time: Classes are hosted from 2-4:30pm. All potential participants MUST be able to attend both days of the training.


      Next training dates: To be confirmed. Register your interest below.

  • Blended online MHFA Workplace (blended online)
    • Overview: The blended online MHFA Workplace Course focuses on the workplace and provides relevant information and tailored scenarios and exercises that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to provide initial mental health first aid to assist colleagues, clients, and other workplace contacts who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, and how to connect people needing assistance to existing workplace supports and external professional help. For more information see https://mhfa.com.au/courses/elearning/61440


      Training format: 100% online in a blended format.

      Course Component 1 - A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete)

      Course Component 2 - An instructor led component using video conferencing (must attend two sessions of 2.5 hours).


      Cost: $250


      Location: Online via 2 x live virtual training sessions.


      Time: Classes are hosted from 2-4:30pm. All potential participants MUST be able to attend both days of the training.


      Next training dates: 21 and 28 April 2021 - Click here to book.

  • MHFA in the Workplace (online and face-to-face)
    • Overview: MHFA in the Workplace teaches managers, supervisors, and individuals how to assist a co-worker who is developing a mental health problem or 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 workplace setting using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs. Course participants first complete the interactive self-paced eLearning component that presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises. The follow-on face-to-face training allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate skills in a group environment, and to address mental health problems in more depth.


      Training format: Blended delivery with online learning and a four hour face-to-face workshop.


      Cost: $280


      Location: CIT Bruce


      Time: The class is hosted from 9am-1pm. All potential participants MUST be the workshop.


      Next training dates: To be confirmed. Register your interest below.

Fee Payment

Please note that all payments must be made via the online booking process, which can either be accessed via the links above if available or will be sent to your upon your enquiry. Payment must be made prior to commencing the course.

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