Comprehensive training in Mental Health First Aid.
Delivered completely online!

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Each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness.
Many people don't feel knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you the skills to help someone you feel needs a helping hand with their Mental Health.

Mental Health First Aid is so important. With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing a mental illness of some kind every year, statistically, we are sure to be working with one or more clients or colleagues who are experiencing a mental health issue, right now.

In the VET Sector, we are 100% focussed on our client's goals and helping them achieve as much as they can. We want them to be successful and in a learning setting, we want them to be engaged and productive.

Equipping ourselves with Mental Health First Aid skills is essential. These skills allow us to open up difficult conversations where we feel someone may be experiencing a mental health issue, and assist them to get professional assistance for their mental health issue.

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Why complete a Mental Health First Aid course?

We in the VET sector have a huge responsibility to our students, and our colleagues. As VET professionals, we are in an excellent position to assist someone experiencing a Mental Health issue, whether that is a student, a colleague, an employer, or one of the other many stakeholders we interact with.

Because we work in high rapport with our clients, we are likely able to notice signs that may indicate our client is experiencing a mental health concern, and take steps to support that person.

An unaddressed Mental Health issue can have a significant effect on a person's ability to perform at their best. For learners, their learning and progression can be affected. For our colleagues, our effectiveness and general wellbeing may suffer.

By taking steps early to encourage the person to get support, we are ensuring their effective and speedy recovery, and their return to their usual levels of productivity.

Confidence To Help

You will learn the knowledge and skills to offer first aid for a mental health problem.

Evidence-Based

MHFA courses are evidence based and go through a process of continuous evaluation.

Action Plan

Learn the ALGEE Action Plan and be equipped to help an individual with a mental health problem.

Global Community

Join a global community at the forefront of mental health.

Mental Health First Aid is an essential skill for all "people people"

It's our belief at AVETMESS that having Mental Health First Aid skills is something one should have, at any level in an organisation.

In this video, Melissa, a HR Business Partner at Coca Cola Amatil, explains how she came to be a Mental Health First Aider, and why she believes the skills are so important for people in similar roles to hers.

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Would you know how to help?

Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community and inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common.

Many people lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a student, friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem, including how to approach someone and start a safe conversation. This is a very common and normal phenomenon.

Many people we work with have said they have experienced times where they have felt 'something isn't right' or that they thought their client or friend may be experiencing a mental illness, but have not know how to start the conversation.

The Mental Health First Aid course teaches you exactly how to have those conversations.

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Become a Mental Health First Aider

Learning the skills to help someone who is experiencing a mental health problem is simple.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches you simple, practical first aid skills for helping a client, family member, friend, co-worker or other person who is experiencing mental health problems.

MHFA courses will teach you how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem, even if they are experiencing a crisis. You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need for the successful management of symptoms as part of their recovery journey.

What’s more, you’ll be able to actively reduce stigma in your community and your workplace, by responding appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

The Standard MHFA Course - Now available totally online!

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course is for anyone interested in mental health.

You will learn how to assist an adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

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

Course Format

We are now able to deliver the Mental Health First Aid course completely online.

Upon enrolment, you'll be setup with access to a nationally standardised e-learning package, which is being released by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Once complete, you'll join us for two, 2.5 hour live web-based sessions with our accredited and highly acclaimed facilitator, Nick McEwan-Hall.

As an added service to AVETMESS clients, you'll have access to our facilitators throughout your learning, to ask questions, get support and implement what you learn.

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Who can attend?

Any adult can attend this course. You don't need any experience with Mental Health at all.

MHFA Course Accreditation

Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become Accredited.

Looking for refresher training? Click here.

What the course covers

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 first aid in a crisis situation.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Developing Mental Health Problems Covered

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance abuse problems

Mental Health Crisis Situations Covered

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

Your Facilitator

We know that a great course is made even better by a fantastic facilitator!

Our Founder, Nick McEwan-Hall facilitates our Mental Health First Aid courses for us. You may have seen Nick present at VELG Conferences, VDC Workshops, or on one of our webinars.

If you have, you'll know Nick is a great facilitator who knows how to bring learning to life. Nick is as passionate about good facilitation as he is about the content. Delivering a course to other VET professionals is a tough gig, but we're sure you'll find Nick creative, engaging, knowledgeable and fun!

Upcoming Courses

All courses are $249 including GST.

All our Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered under our "Mental Health Coach" brand.


Start your online component anytime, and once complete, attend one set of dates from those below:

May 24 and 31 1-4pm Melbourne time

June 12 and 19, 9am – 12 Melbourne time

June 28 and July 5, 1-4pm Melbourne time

July 17 and 24, 1-4pm Melbourne time

July 19 and 26 1-4pm Melbourne time

August 9 and 16 9am – 12 Melbourne time

September 27 and October 11, 9-12 Melbourne time

November 29 and December 6, 10am – 1pm Melbourne time

More dates will be scheduled soon. Use the expression of interest form below to be alerted to new dates.

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Sign up for updates below, and we will let you know when other dates are scheduled. If you're ready to enrol, click here. 

We also deliver the Mental Health First Aid program in house. Contact us to discuss. 

For a discussion about this program, or more information, please call us on 0410 582 747.

Some information on this page has been provided by Mental Health First Aid Australia.