Course Description

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training really makes a difference!

Approximately 20% of Australians experience a common mental illness each year. Completing a Youth MHFA Course will help you to develop the skills to assist an adolescent 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.

There will be a particular focus on how to respond to common mental illnesses including depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance use problems. You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need for the successful management of symptoms as part of their recovery journey, including school based supports.

What’s more, you’ll be able to actively reduce stigma in your school community, by responding appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

The MHFA courses are based on evidence of what is best practice to support someone. This evidence has been developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, through developing guidelines that cover a number of mental health problems, crises and in different contexts.

Developing mental health problems covered:

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

Mental health crisis situations covered:

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

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is a 14-Hour workshop that is conducted in two 7-hour sessions over two days. Once completed, participants will be given the (optional) opportunity to complete an online Accreditation Exam in order to become an accredited Youth MHFAider for 3 years. There is no additional cost to complete the exam. Participants who choose not to complete the exam will be provided with a Certificate of Completion.


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.

$719 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Session One

3 hours and 30 minutes

  • An overview of the 14-hour course

  • Gain an understanding of the risk factors associated with youth mental illness

  • Gain an understanding of the prevalence and the impact of youth mental illnesses in Australia

  • Gain an understanding of the spectrum of interventions for recovery from mental illness

  • Learn about Mental Health First Aid and the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE)

  • Learn possible signs, symptoms and interventions for depression

Session Two

3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan for depression

  • Learn crisis first aid for suicidal behaviour (or non-suicidal self injury)

  • Practice crisis first aid in a safe environment

  • Learn the possible signs, symptoms and interventions for anxiety disorders

Session Three

3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Learn crisis first aid for panic attacks and after a traumatic event

  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan (ALGEE) to help someone with anxiety problems when they are not in crisis

  • Learn the possible signs, symptoms and interventions for psychosis

Session Four

3 hours and 30 minutes

  • Apply the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) to help someone with possible psychosis

  • Learn crisis first aid for severe psychosis

  • Apply the actions 3-5 to help someone with psychosis (who is not in crisis)

  • Learn the possible signs, symptoms and interventions for substance use disorders

  • Apply the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE) to help someone with substance use problems

  • Learn how to assess for and assist with intoxication and medical emergencies related to substance use

  • Learn how to de-escalate aggressive behaviour

What To Bring

All you need to bring is a pen and an open mind!

Venue Information


Club York Sydney
Level 2, 99 York St
NSW 2000


Club York is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club. Take the lift to Level 2. A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay. Middle of CBD.

Public Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

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COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.


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.