Community Services

Short Course Mental Health First Aid

The Mental Health First Aid course is a 2 day workshop that teaches mental health first aid strategies to organisations or members of the public.

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or in a mental health-related crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

Mental Health First Aid courses can provide members of the community with:

  • Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
  • Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems;
  • Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available;
  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem;
  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.

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.

Dates and Times

Clarence Campus – 9am to 4pm

  • 1 & 2 March 2018
  • 18 & 19 July 2018
  • 18 & 19 September 2018

Wellington Square, Launceston
Minimum of 10 people required

  • 2018 dates to be advised

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (offered via Community Services NW) – 2 days

Devonport Campus
Minimum of 10 people required

  • 2018 dates to be advised

Burnie Campus
Minimum of 10 people required

  • 2018 dates to be advised

Commercial workshops available on-site.


2018:  $200 (programs can be negotiated for single employer groups)


Students must be 18 years or older.


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.

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


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