Youth Mental Health First Aid

About 1 in 4 young Australians experience a mental illness each year. Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training will teach you practical skills to support a young person with a mental health problem

Learn how to help a young person who may be experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. You may be called upon to assist a young person through a distressing period in their life. Learn how to support a young person through a difficult time.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to assist adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.

Sometimes these symptoms can present themselves through uncharacteristic behaviours. Being able to support a young person through a difficult time first requires that supporting adults recognise the signs and symptoms of a young person who is not coping . Once recognised, it is important to understand what you can do to help, particularly if you have limited experience, confidence or don’t quite know how to access the support services available to you and to them. Participating in the course will enable you to respond to behaviours and seek further assistance if required.

Event  Format

This is a 14 hour course, 2-day training package (7 hours per day)

Offered over 2 days or as a hybrid with an on-demand component and a live component or entirely online. 

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

Mental health crisis situations covered:

Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

Panic attacks

Traumatic events

Severe effects of drug or alcohol use

Severe psychotic states

Aggressive behaviours

Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)

Developing mental health problems covered:

Anxiety problems



Substance use problems

Eating disorders

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia.

What the course covers:

The course teaches adults how to assist young people who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

You will learn to:

  • Recognise common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in young people
  • Provide initial help and learn where to seek appropriate professional help
  • Respond in a crisis situation


‘’I loved Marie - she created a beautiful and inviting space for us to ask any question 🙂 I felt that she explained all the different types of mental health problems really well and I feel really confident about approaching any young person now who may be experiencing a mental health crisis!’’

Past MHFA attendee


‘’Marie did an excellent job of presenting a lot of information. She managed to keep it engaging and relevant. Her presentation style was really friendly and easy to listen to.’’

Past MHFA attendee


‘’Really great effort to keep us engaged over 2 days. I got a lot out of the training. Thank You.’’

Past MHFA attendee


‘’Clear and accessible. Felt like a really safe space to learn. Marie felt trustworthy and knowledgeable and wise. Amazed at how she stayed so positive and kept the energy going for the entire two days.’’

Past MHFA attendee


‘’I really got quite a lot out of completing the course, I feel a lot more confident to assess and assist someone who is showing signs of deteriorating mental health.’’

Past MHFA attendee


‘’Marie made all information clear and easy to understand. She spent time explaining areas and was able to tie in activities to support the knowledge.’’

Past MHFA attendee


"Marie was warm, knowledgeable and held a comfortable and safe space for participants to discuss and learn about the important issues surrounding Youth Mental Health. Though specialising in youth, the procedures for supporting others are useful for all ages and contexts."

Eva P, Past MHFA attendee


"Marie is an amazing and incredibly knowledgeable instructor. She has a warm and caring approach, taking the time to answer all questions and ensure that you understand the content and its practical applications. I learnt so much and will definitely book in with her again to do my YMHFA certificate refresher in future."

Sophie G, Past MHFA attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Accredited MHFAider? What does this certificate allow me to do and how long does my certificate last?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses have not been mapped in and course participants do not receive an accredited statement of attainment. MHFA International has an ongoing research program to develop and maintain MHFA Guidelines for Australia (and for some of the guidelines – English speaking countries).

To be an ‘Accredited’ MHFAider means a MHFA course participant who passes the assessment is accredited against these guidelines. It is similar to the way National First Aid Standards (which are used to develop and update Red Cross, St John Ambulance, etc. First Aid courses) are held by the Australian Resuscitation Council.Accreditation is valid for 3 years from the date of your MHFA course, and is renewed by completing a short MHFA Refresher Course. For more information and FAQ’s click here.

I'm not a parent or teacher can I attend the training?

Of course ! Any interested adult can attend, though please note this course is not for young people under 18 to attend. We have had all kinds of people attend such as youth workers, judo instructors, librarians, personal trainers, parents, carers and teachers. This course is also not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Is my trainer qualified?

All MHFA trainers have completed instructor training courses and have been accredited to deliver MHFA courses to the public. Trainers are accredited by MHFA Australia and work for a variety of organisations.

Your primary instructor Marie, with The Therapy Hub, is an accredited mental health social worker with extensive experience working with young people in schools, communities settings and as a counsellor.

What other courses are available?

The Therapy Hub, offers a range of other training, such as MHFA Conversations about Suicide,  Mental Health First Aid Conversations about Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and teen MHFA and Tuning into teens. 

These dates and times don’t suit me, is there another instructor or course in my area?

There are a number of registered trainers offering a range of MHFA courses. You can search for an instructor in your area here or other courses here.

If you have a group of 6 or more, a private session can be arranged for you, at your workplace or school, at a time and date that suits you. If you’d like to have a Youth Mental Health First Aid course run at your work place contact us now.

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