Course Description

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training really makes a difference!

Adolescence is a time of important change and development. It is also a time when young people are at high risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety first emerge. The Blended Youth MHFA courses equips school staff, teachers, support workers, parents and other adults with the knowledge and skills to support a young person experiencing mental health problems.

In this informative and practical course, you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adolescents, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Topics covered include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

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

This blended training involves two components: 

Component 1: eLearning

Self-guided eLearning (approx 5-7 hours)

This component can be completed at the participant's own pace. It must be completed before the Live Online Zoom sessions, starting 15 September.

Component 2: Live Online

Three  Zoom sessions (2.5 hours each)

Session 1: 1 March | 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm AEDT
Session 2: 2 March | 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm AEDT
Session 3: 3 March | 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm AEDT

This course component allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate practical skills in a group environment.

The instructor-led component is designed to be delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component of the course. The focus is on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component.

Component 2 includes large and small group activities, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Learn crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Learn crisis first aid for traumatic events
  • Review a range of resources that a mental health first aider could refer someone to when providing mental health first aid.

Participants are required to complete both course components of the Blended YMHFA Course to be eligible to complete our Accreditation Assessment.

How does a Blended course work?

Shortly after you enrol, you will receive an email with a link to Component 1 - the self guided online course.  You will also receive a hard copy of the manual in the mail. Once you have completed Component 1 you are eligible to complete Component 2.

To complete Component 2, you must attend the three Zoom sessions (2.5 hours each) on 15 and 16 September.

Once both components of the course have been completed, you will receive your YMHFA Accreditation.


Any teacher looking to build their knowledge, skills and confidence in how to assist an adolescent experiencing mental illness.

Teaching Standards

4.4.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Maintain student safety: Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.

$569 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Donna Redman

Donna Redman

Donna is a writer, speaker, teacher trainer and secondary educator, with expertise in student wellbeing, establishing effective school systems and positive strategies for youth suicide prevention.

Awarded the NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarship in 2013, Donna examined the strategies implemented globally for youth suicide prevention and recognised the importance of proactively enhancing teacher confidence within the school context.

Donna assisted in the planning of the Wollongong Diocesan Suicide Pre, Inter and Post-Vention Strategic Plan. Her company, Awaken Youth facilitates NESA Accredited 'Gatekeeper’ workshops for teachers, as well as targeted suicide prevention training for parents and guardians of young people.

A member of the Macarthur Suicide Prevention Network committee, Donna is also employed as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline. She is an accredited trainer with LivingWorks and delivers safeTALK suicide prevention training to senior students in secondary schools.

Donna is author of the young adult novel Awakening Sebastian, which communicates a strong positive and preventative message regarding youth suicide.