Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health First Aid

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information


  1. Online component: 6 hours (completed at participants’ own pace). It is a pre-requisite that you complete the eLearning course before participating in the half-day workshop.
  2. Face to face component: 4 hours. 9:00am-1:00pm.

After completing both steps, participants are eligible to complete an online exam in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.


Accredited UWA MHFA facilitator.

Number of places

Maximum of 24 places available. A minimum of 10 is needed for the course to proceed on any given date.

For more information about Mental Health First Aid Training email the Health Promotion Unit or telephone (+61 8) 6488 3173

This course involves a combination of online (eLearning) followed by 4 hours of face-to-face training. This course teaches adults how to provide initial support to people who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. It is comprehensive, covering all common mental health problems and crisis situations.

Workshop purpose and scope

Intended audience:
Any interested staff member is encouraged to attend, however this course is particularly recommended for staff in student-facing roles, first-aid officers, managers and supervisors.
Workshop description:
Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Intended outcomes
In this face-to-face training, the focus is on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component, providing participants with the opportunity to:
  • Examine issues pertinent to mental health problems in the workplace in more depth
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant workplace scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills in the workplace.
Key activities: 
  • Group and individual activities
  • Case scenarios specific to the tertiary setting.
Workshop preparation:
  • The online training for this course must be completed prior to attending the face-to-face workshop. Details of how to complete the online training will be provided following registration.


  • Courses are free to UWA staff and affiliates and PhD students, except where a fee is indicated.
  • A cancellation fee may apply for non-attendees.
  • UWA staff and affiliates receive priority access to the sessions. Enrolments will be confirmed after applications have closed.
  • Non-UWA participants are charged $100 per hour, and can attend subject to availability. Staff working in other universities receive a 20 per cent discount.


Courses in 2020 are scheduled as below:
  • Tuesday 31 March, 9.30am-1.30pm, Margaret Fairweather Education Space (behind Hackett Hall). Registrations now open - NEW SPOTS AVAILABLE AT AT 11 MARCH 2020.
  • Friday 12 June, 9am-1pm, Margaret Fairweather Education Space (behind Hackett Hall). Registrations now open.
  • Wednesday 16 September, 9am-1pm, Seminar Room 1, Love House. Registrations now open.
  • Wednesday 2 December, 9am-1pm, Seminar Room 1, Love House.