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Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course Presented by Irene Ais Thursday and Friday 21 and 22 November 2019 8.30am - 4.00pm on each day Engine House...

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid
12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course
Presented by Irene Ais

Thursday and Friday
21 and 22 November 2019
8.30am - 4.00pm on each day
Engine House Balaclava, Level 1, 28-30 William Street Balaclava VIC 3183


Would you like to have this course delivered at your workplace for 10 or more of your colleagues? Email us to find out more.


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 MHFA Guidelines.



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.



This is a 12-hour course, which will be delivered as a 2-day training package (6 hours per day),

Course participants receive a copy of the Standard MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.



Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.



Most professionals can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions.


MHFAider Accreditation

After completing any 12-14 hour MHFA 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.



"Outstanding and thought provoking. I found this course extremely informative and believe it will help me, both in my professional and personal life"

"Informative and interesting, the course made me realise that there is a lot more involved with mental illnesses than I had previously realised. A great community course!"

"Excellent course. Well researched and presented. I found it extremely worthwhile."

"I was really impressed! The course opened my eyes to many aspects of mental health that I didn't know, or at least only superficially."

"One of the most interesting, informative and valuable courses that I have ever attended."

"Fantastic! Congratulations on developing such an important and vital course as this one."

"I think it was a fantastic course and hope that every single Australian is given the opportunity to take part in it."


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Irene is a master trainer and has worked with dozens of major Australian companies as a senior injury prevention consultant. In the last several years she has delivered the MHFA  course to some of the largest employers in the country such as MYER and Boeing. She worked as the national head of training and development for one of the largest injury prevention/management organisation in Aus/NZ and is a course presenter for the Australian Physiotherapy Association. After years of working in occupational health Irene treated many workers who presented with mental health issues. This fuelled a passion for increasing awareness around mental illness and supporting organisation to implement already intervention for their workforce. "We invest a lot of our time into our workplaces, yet they can also be a source of our stress. I am passionate about the changes we can make by educating organisations about mental illness and how to build supportive environments in the workplace."

Irene has over 15 years experience practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, bringing a mindful approach to sharing the MHFA course and much insight into the strategies available to support people and help them thrive.

Irene brings experience that focuses on lead space solutions across many industries and strategic early intervention for onsite injuries.  She specialises in creating tailored solutions for her clients that will engage the workforce and provide meaningful outcomes to help work places thrive. Her training courses bring a blend of industry knowledge with a passion for improving well-being in the workplace.

Irene specialises in Workplace health however is also available to run MHFA courses for any groups.

She brings a fresh and engaging approach to delivering the MHFA course. Expect a positive approach to learning about mental illness with engaging discussions and activities that will clearly break down the course content and leave you feeling confident to support anyone suffering with mental health problems.


Course Fee: $750 + GST
$250 + GST deposit required to secure your booking or full balance can also be paid upon booking. Balance payable one week prior to the course. Direct transfer and credit card payments accepted.

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The course fee includes all meals (morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea), mindfulness and meditation session to start each day, and course materials.