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Mental health affects millions of australians everyday

If 1 in 5 Australians experience a common mental illness that means that every day, millions of Australians go to work while experiencing a mental health problem – and the impact of this can be enormous, affecting workplace productivity, performance and employee well-being.

Given that the average Australian worker will spend close to one third of their lives at work, the workplace is an ideal place for early intervention and supports for those experiencing or living with mental illness.

Understanding how to talk about mental health and having the confidence and knowledge to help someone in need are important skills that everyone in the workplace can learn.

This program aims to empower adults by providing them with the necessary knowledge, abilities, to identify, comprehend, and react to a mental health issue or crisis faced by an Adult.

The Program

Attendees of this 2-day, face to face course will delve into the common signs and symptoms of mental health problems in adults, learning to identify and act upon the early stages or deterioration of mental health issues, as well as understanding the available treatments and support systems.

This course provides a hands-on, research-backed action plan that empowers participants to confidently address and engage with someone they’re worried about regarding their mental health concerns. You’ll learn the best ways to provide early support and crucial information, as well as how to encourage the individual to pursue professional help or seek out additional support options.

Adults who complete the course become accredited Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in adults
  • Use an evidence-based action plan to initiate a mental health first aid conversation
  • Know the barriers to help-seeking and how to overcome these
  • Assess for a range of crisis situations and provide initial support
  • Understand the prevalence and impact of mental illnesses, risk factors and treatments and supports available
  • Apply self-care practices as a Mental Health First Aider

I enjoyed learning the skills to be a MHFAider. The content was interesting and the facilirator made me feel at ease, even with the more sensitive content.

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Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
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Mental health crisis situations covered are:

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

  • This course is suitable for individuals, workplaces of all sizes and volunteer and community-based groups.
  • Any adult (aged 18+) can attend.
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Please Note:

  • Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation is valid for 3 years.
  • This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give mental health first aid support to others.
  • Numbers to this course are limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

Our Presenter

Sue Walker Nurses for Nurses

Sue Walker

Sue is an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer and has delivered Mental Health First Aid training courses throughout Australia to both large and small organisations.

Sue is also the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the online education platform Nursing CPD. The focus to assist Nurses in meeting their annual Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, and Training and Assessment.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community experience the healthcare system. One in 5 of us will develop a common mental health condition in any one year but not all of those needing to access mental health support will do so.

The aim of Mental Health First Aid Training is to educate people on the signs and symptoms of a person developing a common mental health condition or a worsening of a mental health condition that may be developing into a crisis.

With this knowledge people can learn how to approach a person, and how to assist and support the person until they can get them to a mental health professional.

“Mental Health First Aid Australia is a global, purpose-driven provider of mental health first aid education that equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to provide support when it matters most.”


Sue’s calm and professional style helped to keep information clear and succinct, regardless of the question/s asked of her. She demonstrated excellent knowledge of the course content and had examples to share which helped to embed the concepts. She also repeated key concepts at every chapter point so we as MHFA people are able to execute in our roles as required. – Jasmine 2023


I found Sue to be a fabulous instructor and she presented as a knowledgeable and considered expert in her field. The participants were engaged for the whole of the workshops and I enjoyed and learnt much. – Bev 2023


Sue was a fantastic facilitator – one of the best on any course I have attended. It made it an enjoyable few days, and she is an expert in the field of Mental Health First aid with a wealth of knowledge and worked experience. Well done Sue!! – Keelyn 2023


This course is recognised by Suicide Prevention Australia as a safe, high-quality, and effective suicide prevention program – Learn more >>


Why choose Mental Health First Aid?

It is evidence based

All Mental Health First Aid courses are based on guidelines that are informed by people with lived experience, their caregivers, and mental health professionals.

It is Rigorously evaluated

Evaluations consistently show that Mental Health First Aid training improves participants’ knowledge of mental illnesses and their treatments and confidence in providing mental health first aid to individuals.

It is Skills-based

Teaches the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to make a difference.

It is Internationally recognised

Over 6 million people have trained in Mental Health First Aid across 25 countries.

Course Fees

Course fees do vary for many reasons, including:

  • Course type
  • Individual Instructor qualifications and credentials
  • Course venue
  • Course Location – metro vs regional
  • Course catering
  • Course participant subsidies – due to a community grant

To ensure an accurate price, please complete the form so we can discuss which training option would best suit your people and organisation.

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