With approximately 20% of Australian adults experiencing a common mental illness each year, the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course equips participants with the necessary skills to support a friend, family member, client, or colleague until appropriate professional help is available.

Workplaces play a crucial role in supporting the mental well-being of their employees. While it’s typical for organisations to have physical first aid officers, an increasing number of employers now recognize the value of training their staff and designating competent individuals to provide mental health first aid.

Developed in collaboration between mental health professionals and individuals with lived experience of mental health challenges, MHFA training empowers you to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental ill health
  • Understand potential causes and risk factors contributing to mental health issues
  • Be aware of evidence-based medical, psychological, and alternative treatments
  • Provide appropriate support to someone experiencing mental ill health
  • Gain confidence in acting effectively during crisis situations, such as dealing with suicidal behaviour, panic attacks, overdose, or psychosis

Mental health problems covered in this training are;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered are;

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


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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17 & 24 September 2024

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

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

Breakthrough Research Foundation
39 Charles St, Norwood SA 5067

Personal Member: $358
State Government Member: $439
Corporate Member: $439
Non-Member: $539