The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult 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.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of Aboriginal people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Mental health problems covered

  1. Depression and anxiety
  2. Psychosis
  3. Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered

  1. Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  2. Non-suicidal self-injury
  3. Panic attacks
  4. Traumatic events
  5. Severe psychotic states
  6. Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  7. Aggressive behaviours.

Note: This course is not a therapy or support group.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points

Most professionals can claim attendance at a Mental Health First Aid course for CPD with their industry body.

What is the format?

This is a 14-hour course, typically conducted over 2 days.

Why attend an AMHFA course?

Research has found this course to be effective and culturally appropriate, empowering Aboriginal people and providing information that is highly relevant in assisting Aboriginal people experiencing mental health problems.

Who can attend this course?

Any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous adults can attend.

How do I sign up?

Go to the SA MH Training Centre Course Calendar training calendar on our website and select a course near you.

To register for the course, complete the registration form (PDF 119KB) and forward to

Cost of course?

Please refer to the Registration form for the cost.

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