Standard Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students
Equips tertiary students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to recognise, understand and respond to a friend, family member, student or another adult experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis.
Recognise the warning signs of mental health problems in other adults.
Learn the skills to have an open, supportive conversation about mental health.
RESPOND IN A CRISIS
Respond across a range of crisis situations where an adult may be at risk of harm.
Reduce stigma and increase support for adults experiencing and living with mental health problems.
The Standard Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students course teaches students how to provide initial support to another adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Students learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in students and other adults, how to recognise and respond to an emerging or worsening mental health problem, and the treatments and supports available.
Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, students learn how to approach someone they are concerned about and initiate a conversation about those concerns. Students also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage the person to seek professional help or other supports.
Students who complete the course become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.
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Evidence-based: All Mental Health First Aid courses are based on guidelines that are informed by people with lived experience, their caregivers, and mental health professionals.
Rigorously evaluated: Evaluations consistently show that Mental Health First Aid training improves participants’ knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments, and confidence in providing mental health first aid to individuals.
Skills-based: Teaches the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a difference.
Internationally recognised: Over 6 million people trained in Mental Health First Aid across 25 countries.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in students and other adults
- Use an evidence-based action plan to initiate a mental health first aid conversation
- Assess for a range of crisis situations and provide initial support
- Understand the prevalence and impact of mental illnesses, risk factors and treatments and supports available
- Know the barriers to help-seeking and how to overcome these
- Apply self-care practices as a Mental Health First Aider.
Suitable for tertiary students aged 18+.
This course covers common and disabling mental health problems and crisis situations. Participants learn how to apply mental health first aid to adults across a range of situations, including:
- Substance use problems
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- Panic attacks
- Non suicidal self-injury
- Traumatic events
- Eating disorders
Duration & Format
The 12-hour course can be delivered in 1 of 2 ways:
Blended Face-to-Face: Self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by a 4-hour face-to-face session
Blended Online: Self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by 2 x 2.5-hour videoconferencing sessions
All sessions are led by an MHFA trained and Licensed Instructor.
Standard MHFA is suitable for tertiary institutions who prefer a face-to-face delivery option.
You can complete the short assessment at the end of a course to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider).
Accreditations are valid for 3 years.
A very good session, giving ample knowledge and allowing time to practice skills.
The lesson was very informative and I learned a lot of new things. I also felt like it was a safe environment for everyone to share their thoughts and ideas which was great.
I enjoyed the group and class discussions – I felt it was a more holistic approach to learning and it ensured I understood the content and was able to take on perspectives from other students.