Mental Health First Aid Training for Flinders Students

MHFA will return in 2024. Stay tuned to the blog for details, as I know more.

Mental Health First Aid for Tertiary Students

One in five Australian adults experiences a mental health problem. Mental Health First Aid is the initial help and support provided to a person experiencing a mental health issue or in a mental health crisis, until the appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves. This 2-day practical and accredited educational course equips you with the skills to understand mental health issues and help others, using a proven, evidence-based Action Plan.

Free Accredited Training for Flinders Students

Flinders is offering this sought-after accreditation to our students for free, funded through our Students Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). Training dates for 2024 have not yet been announced.

Program Overview

This 2-day educational course, equips you with the skills to understand mental health issues and help others, using a proven, evidence-based Action Plan.

It does not teach you to be a counsellor.

Over the 2 days, participants will

  • Learn how to recognise common mental health problems
  • Improve knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid actions
  • Increase confidence to provide first aid
  • Learn where and how to seek appropriate professional help
  • Know how to respond in a crisis situation

*This course is for currently enrolled Flinders University students only.*

Mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered include:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

Should I do this course?

This course is designed for those that can answer yes to the following questions:

  1. Do you want to learn how to give mental health first aid to others?
  2. Are willing to talk about: mental health concepts, approaches to helping others and community mental health resources?


Enough talking – how do I enrol?

Dates for 2024 have yet to be announced.

Register your interest by emailing


Please note:

  • There are limited spots, so please DO NOT register unless you can genuinely attend both days
  • Only Flinders’ students may enrol.
  • This course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course.
  • If you have any questions about the program or concerns about your capacity to fully participate in the course, please contact the organisers –

If you have any concerns about your own mental health and wellbeing, please contact Health Counselling and Disability Service or your own mental health practitioner.

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