Introduction to Mental Health First Aid

eLearning Component of the Blended MHFA Community Course

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

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 Zoom.

  • Zoom option is 2 x 2.5-hour sessions

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.

Approval Required: Manager approval required

Date of Component 2 Session: 10th & 25th August and 10th September 2021

Location: Zoom Link to be provided

To Register: Please log on to MyCareer Online (opens in a new window) and register for the two-day course.

Please contact WHS&W at whs@westernsydney.edu.au for any enquiries.