Mental Health First Aid

About 1 in 5 New Zealand adults experience challenges with mental health in any year.

This means that at some stage, everyone will have close contact with someone experiencing mental health challenges.

Would you know how to respond?

A Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to provide initial support to adults who may be experiencing mental health challenges or mental health crisis, until the crisis resolves, or specialist help is accessed, using a practical evidence-based Action Plan.

What does the training cover?

Mental Health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Severe effects from alcohol or other substance use

  • Aggressive behaviours

Mental Health challenges covered:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

Why attend?

Evaluations consistently show that Mental Health First Aid training improves understanding of the mental health challenges people experience, their options for treatments and helpful first aid strategies. Participants report increased confidence in their ability to offer Mental Health First Aid which enables early access to help. The training also decreases stigma and discrimination that many people with mental health and addiction challenges experience.

MHFA Courses

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Please email to register your interest for our next available course. 


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