Gain the skills you need to provide initial support to other adults who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis.

This online Mental Health First Aid short course is offered over two sessions (approximately 3 hours each). The training is based on guidelines developed together by people with lived experience of mental health problems and health professionals working in the field. You will need to complete a self-paced component online which will take between 5–7 hours, before participating in the facilitated online sessions.

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, you’ll learn how to provide mental health first aid for a range of mental health problems (depression, anxiety problems, psychosis, substance use) and mental health crises (suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or other drug use, and aggressive behaviours).

On successful completion of this short course, you will receive a Statement of Attendance. If you successfully complete the online assessment component, you will also receive a three-year accreditation certificate as a Mental Health First Aider through Mental Health First Aid Australia.

There are two streams to choose from:

Workplace stream: This stream focuses on providing mental health first aid in the workplace. This course provides tailored practical scenarios and exercises that will give you the knowledge and skills you need to provide initial mental health first aid to assist colleagues, clients, and other workplace contacts who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. You’ll also learn how to connect people needing assistance to existing workplace supports and external professional help.

Community stream: In this stream, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems experienced by adults, and how to provide initial help, as well as where and how to seek 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.

This course is also accredited for 12 CPD points for Allied Health professions.

TasTAFE also offers a Mental Health First Aid – Standard Refresher course, and a Youth Mental Health First Aid course.

Locations, dates & times

CampusDateAttendance/DurationStudy typeApply
Clarence24 May 2021 -
26 May 2021
Short course

2 Days, Monday and Wednesday, 9am-4.30pm. Room C2-01 Clarence Campus

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Devonport1 Jun 2021 -
2 Jun 2021
Short course

2 days, Tue 1 June & Wed 2 June, 9am-4.30pm, B Block, Room B2-10, Devonport Campus

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Burnie7 Sep 2021 -
8 Sep 2021
Short course

2 days, Tue 7 Sept & Wed 8 Sept 9am - 4.30pm, Burnie Campus

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Devonport9 Nov 2021 -
10 Nov 2021
Short course

2 days Tue 9 Nov 9am - 4.30pm, Wed 10 Nov 9am - 4.30pm, Devonport Campus

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Online20 Jul 2021 -
21 Jul 2021
Short course

2 days Webinars Tue 1pm - 4pm, Wed 1pm - 4pm, Workplace stream

OnlineEnquire now

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