Mental Health First Aid Training

A group of Mental Health First Aid course participants (men and women), rugged up in winter jumpers, scarves and beanies, smiling for the camera after completing their course. On either side of the group are two banners (Mental Strides and Northam Men's Shed). The group poses inside the Northam community thatre.

What is Mental Health First Aid Training?

Mental health first aid is the help you give to someone developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Mental health first aid training provides you with knowledge about mental illnesses, treatments and first aid actions, and the practical skills to be able to help those in need.

It is just as important as physical first aid. In fact, mental health first aid training is modelled on the same principles as physical first aid training.

A group of seven (male and female) Mental Health First Aid course participants stand around a whiteboard on an easel. One man writes on the board while the others workshop ideas.

Why Mental Health First Aid Training?

Completing a Mental Health First Aid course provides you with the skills and knowledge required to assist others who may be developing a mental health issue, having a worsening of a mental health issue, or be in crisis.

Support workmates, friends and family

Having dedicated mental health first aiders in your workplace can help reduce the stigma around mental health which can encourage people to seek help before problems escalate.

Learn practical first aid skills

You’ll learn practical first aid skills, helping you to:

  • become aware of and understand the risks, signs, and symptoms of mental health issues;
  • learn how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem;
  • learn practical skills to help; and
  • assist someone to access the support they might need.

Full course materials are provided and you can become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider by completing an online assessment post-course.

Mental Health First Aid training courses delivered by Mental Strides

Standard Mental Health First Aid

A 12-hour course designed for adults to assist adults who may be developing a mental health issue, having a worsening of a mental health issue, or be in crisis. Participants can become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider by completing an online assessment post-course.

Mental Strides offers flexible delivery of the course including full or half days and weekends or weekdays to be negotiated to suit.

Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person

A four-hour face-to-face delivery for adults to empower them to assist someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Mental Health First Aid for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

A four-hour face-to-face delivery for adults to empower them to assist someone who is thinking about or engaging in non-suicidal self-injury.

Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

A four-hour face-to-face delivery for Mental Health First Aiders who want to maintain their accreditation after three years.

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All of your mental health training questions answered in one place

Would you like to approach your supervisor (or management) to run mental health first aid training at work, but don’t have the information you need?

Our new information kit outlines the business benefits of creating a mentally healthy workplace, provides details of our tailored training options, and answers all of your mental health first aid questions

Download the information kit and then contact Engel on +61 451 945 545 to discuss training opportunities for your workplace.

“Thanks for an interesting, well run and interactive course. I’d definitely recommend it to people working in the mining industry.”

Occupational Health Advisor (Mining), 2022

Mental Strides' Mental Health Consultant, Engel Prendergast smiles warmly at the camera. Engel has her hair back, and is wearing tortoise-shell glasses, a floral scarf and an apricot-coloured shirt.

Highly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable mental health training delivery across Western Australia

Engel Prendergast is our Mental Health Consultant, working with organisations and groups to build a culture that supports good mental health.

Engel is an accredited Mental Health First Aid and safeTALK Instructor, and Lifeline Crisis Supporter and Mentor. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion), Diploma of Counselling, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

With natural compassion, a determination to help others and extensive experience in training and facilitation, Engel provides an environment that fosters learning and ownership.

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Our specialised training team can work with your organisation to tailor mental health first aid training to suit your workforce needs.

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