Blended MHFA Tertiary Student

Face to Face & Online delivery

Blended Online MHFA Tertiary
Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course for tertiary

Course Description

The Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course for tertiary students teaches participants how to assist a fellow student who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

In this informative and practical course you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of tertiary student participants.

Course Components

The new Blended MHFA Community Course includes two course components.

Course Component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (Approx. 5 - 8 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviour

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led  Live Zoom Sessions (2 x 3 hours)

Course Component 2 – Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online.

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is a MHFA requirement that a participant MUST complete componet 1 eLearning in full before they can attend component 2. Component 2 must also be completed within 3 months of completing component 1 (eLearning).

Eligibility Criteria

Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered across the whole Country to any adult over the age of 18 who resides in Australia.