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Standard Mental Health First Aid

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Mental Health First Aid Classes held in Newcastle!

The Standard MHFA course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are experiencing or developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.
This course may be beneficial to Emergency Services personnel, Teachers, Nurses, Case Managers as well as family members and carers.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse
  • Aggressive behaviours

Who can attend a course?

  • Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Claim CPD Points:

  • Most professionals can claim attendance at a MHFA course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with their industry body.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid Course has been endorsed for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for a number of professions including: nursing (i.e., midwives, mental health, practice nurses), pharmacy, fitness, chiropractic, and physiotherapy. In addition, for the following professionals, if a participant can link a relevant CPD learning goal to the Mental Health First Aid course, attendance can be claimed as CPD by: psychologists, social workers, teacher, dieticians, speech pathologists, audiologists/audiometrists and lawyers in some states and territories of Australia.You should also check directly with the body you are a member of for more information.

Requirements List:

  • Pen and Paper
  • An additional $30 is payable to the Tutor on the 1st day for SMHFA Manual & Certificate.

At Atwea College we offer a wide variety of Business, Lifestyle & Leisure courses at various locations throughout Newcastle, the Hunter Region and the Mid North Coast.
Course enrolment must be accompanied by a fee; we are unable to hold places for people or accept deposits on Lifestyle courses. Once enrolment is completed students will receive a course confirmation either in writing or by email. This course confirmation constitutes a receipt.
Please check your confirmation letter to ensure you have the correct time, date and location of your course as well as any necessary requirements. There is a room directory located at each venue directing you to your classroom. Parking fees may apply at some venues.
Please visit our website to read our Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy ( then click on 'POL – Fee, Withdrawal and Refund Policy (8.01)). This policy outlines your options for situations where Atwea College cancels a course, or where you are unable to attend the course you have enrolled in. Please contact one of our friendly staff if you have any enquiries or need to make any changes to your enrolment.
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