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Standard Mental Health First Aid – Saturday 23 and Saturday 30 June 2018 - Sydney

The 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches people (18 years and over) how to offer initial support to adults who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems.

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Who should attend


Any interested adult can attend; there are no prerequisites for this course. MHFA training is open to all members of the community. The standard MHFA course teaches members of the public how to assist someone who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.


MHFA training is also highly recommended for professionals employed in human services, mental health and allied health services.


Continual Professional Development (CPD) for MHFA

Most professionals can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their professional body. CPD points for course attendance can be claimed by the following professionals: psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, dieticians, speech pathologists, physiotherapist, pharmacists, chiropractors and lawyers. Please check with your professional body for more information.

Why attend

As a participant you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem.

Session dates and times

This course will be delivered over two consecutive Saturdays. Participants will need to be able to attend both days to complete the course. 

  • 23 June 2018 from 9.30am - 5.00pm; and
  • 30 June 2018 from 9.30am - 5.00pm


Total cost for the two day course is $228. Participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion. Coffee and tea provided.

Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

About the presenters

Geraldine McKay and Pamela Seraskeris are skilled practitioners with many years teaching in the mental health field. Both presenters are Accredited Mental Health Social Workers with a master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy, and qualifications in adult education and training. They work in private practice providing counselling, clinical supervision and training. Both presenters are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experiences in order to help others increase their skills and understanding of mental health.


For further information about Mental Health First Aid Australia, please visit the website at: www.mhfa.com.au


Kingsgrove RSL Club
8 Brocklehurst Lane, Kingsgrove, NSW 2208

The Club is centrally located to public transport and parking facilities available.

Refund Policy: refunds cannot be provided 7 days prior to the start of the course.