ADA Now Offering Accredited Mental Health First Aid Training

August 31, 2023

Matthew Simons - BPsych (Hons)

ADA Australia is pleased to announce that we will now be offering accredited 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) training, alongside our current range of workplace training courses and presentations.

This two-day MHFA course is led by our licensed MHFA instructors (the same familiar faces from ADA Australia’s training team) and provides participants with practical first aid skills for assisting someone experiencing mental health problems or in a mental health crisis – whether co-worker, family member or others.

It also includes training on how to approach someone (who may be showing signs of mental illness, distress or psychological injury) to best engage them, gain their confidence and get a safe conversation going.

The course equips participants with a practical evidence-based action plan to recognise when an individual needs support, to respond appropriately, and to provide that support until professional help is available or the crisis resolves.

Participants successfully completing this accredited training, and the assessment criteria, will receive a recognised Certificate of Accreditation in Mental Health First Aid.

So why choose the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course?

  • Evaluations have shown that MHFA training improves a participant’s knowledge of mental illnesses, of treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid in these circumstances
  • MHFA courses have been shown to decrease stigma and increase help-seeking behaviours
  • Topics covered include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Participants will learn how and where to get help when a person is experiencing mental illness or mental distress, how best to assist the individual, and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.

A Mental Health First Aid course can assist in improving awareness of mental illness, of the signs and behaviours indicating a person might need support, and helping your workplace protect psychological health by promoting help-seeking and a supportive culture.

Talk to us to book this important training for your people.

If you’d like to learn more about our Standard Mental Health First Aid course, or any of the other training programs we offer, please call ADA Australia on 1300 378 429, or email:

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Matthew Simons - BPsych (Hons)