Mental Health First Aid

9:00am Saturday, 28 April 2018
1:00pm Sunday, 29 April 2018
60 Margaret Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course educates adults about how to recognise and provide initial support to individuals considered to be developing a mental illness or currently experiencing a mental health crisis.

This evidence-based course provides information about mental health statistics, skills for helping people in crisis and those living with mental illness day-to-day, discussions about common mental illnesses, suicide, substance use and more.

Research trials evaluating the course have shown that course participants have a broadened understanding about mental illnesses and their treatments, knowledge of suitable first aid strategies, and improved confidence in the provision of first aid to those with mental illness.

Course participants will receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual and a Certificate of Completion and will also be eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.

Participants will learn about the signs and symptoms of 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 to be effective through research, 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.

Registration has now closed. Please contact Susannah Murray on 03 9486 0177 if you would like to register.

Registration rates:

Member: $320
Non-Member: $400

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Additional Information


  • Dr Claire O'Reilly, BPharm (Hons) PhD MPS, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, The University of Sydney, NSW

This activity has been accredited for 12 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 24 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: CX17134