12 Hour Standard Mental Health First Aid

Posted to ENEWS for Erin Crockett on behalf of TaskForce.

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. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental health First Aid Guidelines. After completing the Standard Mental Health First Aid course, participants are eligible to complete a short 20 question online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Accredited Mental Health First Aiders are eligible to be appointed as Mental Health First Aid Officers in the workplace.

 What the Course Covers

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


Event Details


This even is being hosted by TaskForce Community Agency. We deliver Mental Health First Aid courses via public face to face sessions and can also be run for your organisation specifically.

Dates: 17th & 24th August 2018 – must attend both days

Venue: SECADA; 314A Thomas St, Dandenong

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm


Cost: $200 per person


Bookings: All bookings can be made through our events calendar on TaskForce Community Agency’s website: http://www.taskforce.org.au/education-training/mental-health-first-aid

If you have any queries please contact Erin Crockett, erinc@taskforce.org.au