Standard Mental Health First Aid Training Brisbane, Australia

Mental Health First Aid Training

When someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, or if they are developing a mental health problem (e.g., they are suicidal or have been through a traumatic experience), mental health first aid is provided. As with physical first aid, mental health first aid is provided until professional help can be obtained or until a crisis can be resolved. Courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and taught by accredited SMHFA Instructors throughout the country teach standard mental health first aid strategies.

This course is nationally recognised.    


  • An overview of mental health basics, including what mental health is, how common mental illnesses are in Australia, and what impact mental illness has on society
  • A description of the signs and symptoms of mental health problems which may be developing or may already be present
  • Experts in mental health who are able to provide mental health assistance to clients
  • The ALGEE-based approach to mental health first aid has been proven to be effective
  • Providing mental health first aid in the event of a mental illness
  • The importance of crisis first aid and how to respond to them
  • Information on depression and suicidal thoughts how they are treated and supported through the provision of treatment and support
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, and traumatic experiences: treatments and support
  • An overview of psychosis, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder treatments and supports
  • Providing mental health treatment and support for drugs and alcohol abuse, as well as aggressive behavior
  • Resources that may be helpful
  • Course Manual
  • MHFA Accreditation and certificate

This course is nationall accredited by MHFA Australia

The cost of the training is – $295+GST

The term ‘non-suicidal self-injury’ (NSSI) is a deliberate behaviour where a person deliberately or purposefully with the aim to cause nonfatal bodily injuries to relieve tension, deal with extreme emotional pain or overwhelming negative feelings or thoughts.

The purpose of self-injuring behaviour is to cope with life, not to end it. It is used to refer to self-injury that is not intended to result in death. There are various methods of self- injury:

  • Cutting, ripping, biting burning of the skin
  • Banging or punching objects or oneself to the point of bruising or bleeding
  • Pulling out hair, eyelashes, or eyebrows with the intention of hurting oneself
  • Intentionally preventing wounds from healing
  • Embedding objects into the skin
  • overdosing on medications or other drugs.

NSSI characteristically begins in teenage years and may indicate an underlying mental health illness or previous trauma (bullying, emotional, physical or sexual abuse).

We can provide a quote to deliver MHFA training.  If you would like to us to deliver onsite Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self Injury session, just call our team on 07 5499 2406.

Mental Illness in Australia

Based on the survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of statistics in 2022, two in five Australian’s aged between 16 to 85, are suffering from some form of mental illness. The common mental illnesses are anxiety disorder, affective or mood disorder, and substance use disorders. Mental illness is very common and impacts on people’s lives at different levels of severity.

Mental illness impacts on a person emotions, thinking, behaviour, motivation and interaction with other people. In some occasions people living with mental illness will not be diagnosed. This may also cause loss of home, isolation, deprived physical health, loss of employment, school dropout and stigmatisation. A lack of knowledge and discrimination about mental illness may cause people to avoid getting help early.

We all can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness. Standard MHFA training will provide you information on how to assist a family member, colleague, friend with a mental health illness or in a crisis, until appropriate professional support and treatment is received or until the crisis is resolved.

The Standard MHFA course is a evidence based course based on the international MHFA Guidelines. Content of this first aid course is developed and authored by Mental Health First Aid Australia. Mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates contributed to this course content. We are delivering this first aid course by an accredited SMHFA facilitator in Brisbane CBD and Brendale.

Mental Health First Aid Training Courses

Participants will learn all the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use disorder, and how to provide initial support to a person who is developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Learners will also learn MHFA action plan on how, what, when and where to administer mental health first aid.

This course is evidence-based and addresses possible crisis circumstances based on the mental health problems. And provides learners practical mental health first aid response.

Crisis situations 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.

Benefits of MHFA training

MHFA training participants will gain skills to recognise a mental health crisis, respond and support the individual to their positive health, recovery and return to work including:

  • Awareness of just how common mental health issues are among communities.
  • De-stigmatise mental health illness, increase knowledge and understanding
  • Recognising if a person is going through difficult times due to a mental health problem.
  • Support someone suffering from a mental health crisis or condition when professional assistance and support is not available

Participants Feedback MHFA Training

“Seb makes each participant very comfortable and also encourages every participant to put their personal views on each task, which is really good to get into a group discussion. She is super approachable and pleasant personality so even introvert participants can feel ease and ask their specific queries. Seb is quite knowledgeable and speaks quite well. I would highly recommend this course and the same instructor to my friends and colleagues:)”

“Sebnem was a great instructor. She was very knowledgeable and personable, and had the class engaged from start to end. She covered the content very well and had an array of activities throughout the day which helped to embed the content.”

“Seb is super knowledgeable, and well versed in the subject matter. Her attitude and fun nature makes learning the content easier, and more real. She has a way of making the room feel at ease with the content, and I was particularly impressed with the way she ensured everyone felt comfortable and not impacted by the content we were covering.”

“Seb had a great way of creating a comfortable and safe learning environment.”

“Sebnem was a great instructor. She was very knowledgeable and personable, and had the class engaged from start to end. She covered the content very well and had an array of activities throughout the day which helped to embed the content.”

Mental Health First Aid Course Locations in Brisbane

We are offering Standard Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) Training courses in 2 different locations, Brisbane City and Brendale.

  • Brisbane CBD: George Williams Hotel Brisbane 317-325 George Street Brisbane Qld 4003
  • Brendale: 6/211 Leitchs Road Brendale QLD 4500
  • Or onsite any location Australia