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Short Course Mental Health First Aid

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.

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

Mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered include:

  • 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

NONM0854A Mental Health First Aid for people with Intellectual Disability is relevant for family/carers, friends, support staff and allied health professionals, as it addresses the above with a specific focus on intellectual disability.

We also offer a Mental Health First Aid – Standard Refresher Course.

Location, dates and times

Please note: courses will run subject to reaching minimum class numbers. 

Clarence Campus, Hobart

Before commencing your enrolment over the phone:

  1. Please read the Privacy Notice and Student Declaration.  
    You will be asked to agree and consent before continuing with your enrolment.
  2. USI –  You will be asked to provide your Unique Student Identifier at the time of enrolment.
    For more information on how to create a USI go to the TasTAFE USI web page.

When attending a campus you must bring your proof of ID with you.  Payment confirms your place in a class.

Clarence Campus – 9am to 4.30pm – Room C2.01

  • 4 & 5 December 2019

Wellington Square, Launceston
Minimum of 5 people required

Evening Classes – 4 evenings – Tuesday – 5.30pm to 8.30pm

  • Next Intake: To be advised

Day Classes – 2 days – Thursday – 9.30am to 4pm

  • Next Intake:  To be advised

Minimum of 10 people required

Devonport Campus – 9.15am to 4.15pm

  • Monday & Tuesday, 2 & 3 December 2019

Burnie Campus – 9.15am to 4.15pm

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 29 & 30 October 2019
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 26 & 27 November 2019

Learning Options

This course is delivered on campus.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

2019:  $210  A concession rate is not available for this course.
Programs can be negotiated for single employer groups.

Essential Requirements

Students must be 18 years or older.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


A Statement of Attendance.

Participants will receive a Mental Health First Aid manual and certificate on successful completion of the two (2) day course.

Attendees who successfully complete the online assessment will also receive a three year accreditation certificate as a Mental Health First Aider through Mental Health First Aid Australia.

The MHFA course is also accredited for 12 CPD points for allied health professions.


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