The Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to your team and co-workers who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan. This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Mental health problems covered in this training are;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered are;

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviors


This is a 12-hour course delivered over two days.

Why attend Mental Health First Aid Training 

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in the help provided.


  • 12-hour facilitation
  • 3-year accreditation
  • MHFA workbook
  • Login to access online resources



Learn about our speakers

John Mannion

Chief Executive Officer
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation

John Mannion is the Chief Executive Officer at Breakthrough – Australia’s only foundation dedicated solely to mental health research. John’s career in mental health has spanned more than 30 years including as a practitioner as well as leading mental health services across the state.

John led the establishment of Breakthrough in 2018 which this year alone funded more than 20 leading research projects across all the state’s universities. These included projects in the areas of youth mental health, depression, indigenous mental health and eating disorders, all with a focus upon helping to creating a life free of mental illness by focusing upon research to inform clinical improvements, enhanced outcomes and community connectivity.

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13 & 14 February 2023

9:30am - 4:30pm (both days)

Resources and the 'Standard Mental Health First Aid' book
Morning Tea, Lunch and Refreshments

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation
Level 6/121 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000

Personal Member: $295
State Government Member: $345
Corporate Member: $345
Non-Member: $550