Standard Mental Health First Aid


12 hours (2 days x 6 hours)


2 day course - 6 hours per day with a lunch break 

Please refer to the dates tab on our website for upcoming dates or 'Register your Interest' to be notified of more upcoming dates as they are published.


Please note that you must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to attend this course

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Standard Mental Health First Aid Short Course.pdf

What You Learn

How to approach the person, assess and assist in crisis

Listen, communicate and give support to those in need

How to encourage the person to get appropriate professional help and other support

What You Get

The knowledge and skills required to give early help to people who have mental health problems and to assist in crisis situations

Certificate of completion

Materials to Bring

Pen and notepaper

Photo identification

Dress Code

Smart casual


The Standard Mental Health First Aid short course teaches adults how to provide initial support to those who are developing mental health problems, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or mental health crises.

Course content includes depression, panic attacks, schizophrenia, substance abuse, psychosis, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, traumatic events and self injury. The course, equips individuals with:

  • understanding of a range of mental health issues
  • skills in recognising signs of mental health problems
  • skills in responding appropriately and effectively
  • understanding of where and how to get help

Student Support

At South West TAFE we’re here to help you complete your studies happily and successfully.

From the moment you start thinking about course options until you finish, you’ll have access to a range of student support options, covering enrolment, education, social and personal issues, including:

  • Education Pathway Officers who can help you with information sessions, fee payment options, TAFE and university pathways, career pathways and campus tours

  • A DHHS registered Disability Support Team

  • Koorie Liaison Officer

  • Student Wellbeing Officer supporting your personal and social needs

  • Library and Research Centre

  • Bookshop supplying a range of textbooks and stationery

  • Student Learning Support including literacy and numeracy