MHFA Adult Two Day Classroom


Learning takes place in a classroom usually spread across two days - 9am - 5pm 


Session 1 


Why Mental Health First Aid?


The Mental Health First Aid action plan


What is mental health?


Impact of mental health issues

Stigma and discrimination


What is depression?


Symptoms of depression

 Depression in the workplace

Session 2

Suicide figures

Alcohol, drugs and mental health

First aid for suicide crises

 Non-judgemental listening skills

First aid for depression

Treatment and resources for depression


Session 3

What is an anxiety disorder?

 First aid for anxiety disorders

Crisis first aid after a traumatic event

Alcohol, drugs and anxiety disorders

Treatment and resources for anxiety disorders

Cognitive disorders and CBT

Personality disorders

Eating disorders



Session 4

What is psychosis?

Risk factors for psychosis

Alcohol, drugs and psychosis


Bipolar disorder

Warning signs of developing psychosis

Crisis first aid for acute psychosis

Recovery and building resources

Action planning for using MHFA

MHFA Adult Online 

  • Learning takes place through four live training sessions, usually spread across two weeks, with on-line self-learning activities in between. 

  • Each session is built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan

  • Delivered through the MHFA Online Learning Hub

Session 1

Individual learning (1 hour) 

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes)

Introduction to the course

ALGEE and mental health


Risk and protective factors

Frame of Reference

The Mental Health Continuum

Introduction to the Stress Container

Session 2

Individual learning (2 hours)

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes)



Suicide, substance misuse and dual diagnosis

Risk Factors for Suicide

Applying ALGEE to suicide and depression

Non judgemental listening and empathy

Using ALGEE in case study scenarios


Session 3

Individual learning (2 hours)

Live session (2 hours 30 minutes)


ALGEE for anxiety

Crisis first aid for panic disorder and traumatic events 

Non-judgemental listening practice activity

Applying the Mental Health First Aid action plan for anxiety


Eating Disorders and Self Harm

Case study for eating disorders and self-harm

Session 4 

Individual learning (2 hours)
Live session (2 hours 30 minutes)


Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

 ALGEE for psychosis

MHFA Australia psychosis video

Case study activity using ALGEE


How to build a mentally healthy workplace

Action plan to use Mental Health First Aid