This course is also available as a 100% online course, comprising eLearning and live Zoom seminars:  Blended YMHFA eLearning and Live Online Course

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 Face to Face session on 8 September.

Component 2: Face to Face

Face to Face training (one day)

24 February 2023 | 9.00am - 5:00pm
   Club York, Sydney CBD (venue details below)

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 Face to Face session on 8 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.

$629 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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This course is also available as a 100% online course, comprising eLearning and live Zoom seminars:  Blended YMHFA eLearning and Live Online Course

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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).

Parking Rates

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.