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Blended Mental Health First Aid in the Community

The Blended 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.

Mental health first aid skills learnt by participants in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of community/public course participants.

The new Blended MHFA Community Course includes two course components.

Course Component 1 –Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety problems 

  • Psychosis 

  • Substance use problems 

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours 

  • Non-suicidal self-injury 

  • Panic attacks 

  • Traumatic events 

  • Severe psychotic states 

  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use 

  • Aggressive behaviour 

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led component delivered either face-to-face or via videoconferencing.

  • Video conferencing option is 2 x 2.5 hour sessions

  • Face-to-face option is one 4-hour session. 

Course Component 2 follows the completion of Course Component 1 – eLearning. Course Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan

  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules

  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios

  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills 

  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Both course components of the course are to be completed within a 3-month period.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Course Delivery and Fees:

The total course fee comprises two components:

Course Component 1: 

This self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours) component of the course is completed on Mental Health First Aid Australia’s eLearning platform.
The cost of the eLearning course (Course Component 1 is $88 including GST and is available for purchase directly through the MHFA Australia website or may be purchased via an accredited MHFA Instructor as part of a total course price). The eLearning course component price includes a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual, but does not include the cost of postage.

Course Component 2:

The Instructor-led sessions are delivered by our accredited Instructors nationally. Enrolment and payment for Course Component 2 is completed directly with an accredited Blended MHFA Community Instructor.


The cost of Course Component 2 is negotiated with us your local Instructor. Contact us to confirm your individual fees. Prices may vary depending on specific course delivery requirements.