We deliver the ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ online course across all of Australia or a blended and in-person course version in Victoria.

The perfect Mental Health First Aid course for educators, teachers, coaches, community workers, parents and trainers in the youth space.

Upcoming Youth MHFA Online Courses: (3 x 2.5 hour Instructor led classes).

Mon / Tues / Wed 21-23rd March

  1. 3pm -5.30pm 21st Mar
  2. 1pm -3.30pm 23rd Mar
  3. 9am -11.30am 25th Mar

Do you have a private group interested in a course? We arrange training for groups of up to 12 online. Please call us on 1300 199 849 to discuss potential dates outside of what is listed above. We can deliver this in person in Victoria.

The Course:

The 12-14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as teachers, educators parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

You will learn how 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. Our team of Principal Master Trainers currently deliver this courses to aspiring Youth Mental Health First Aiders across all of Australia.

Why undertake the Youth MHFA course?

Evaluations consistently show that Mental Health First Aid training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided over time.

The online program will be delivered in two parts:

Part 1)

The first component is an e-learning component through MHFA and takes around 3-4 hours to complete.

This e-learning component does not need to be completed in one sitting and you can save your work and come back to it to pace out the learning. This will be uploaded onto the MHFA website for participants by the end of this week and we will contact you with details around how to access it.

Part 2)

Once you have completed the eLearning component and have a certificate of completion you are then required to attend 3 x Instructor led sessions through video-conferencing (Zoom) which will each be 2.5 hours.

You must complete all e-learning and attend both online classes to obtain accreditation.

The full cost of the course is $330 + GST per attendee which includes a $88 payment to MHFA to access e-learning and an official manual.

No matter where you reside in Australia, the new online Youth Mental Health First Aid Course can now be completed any time from any location with the friendly and experienced team at CDC.

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Online Youth Mental Health First Aid FAQ’s

  • Q) Do I have to undertake the eLearning component myself online first?

    A) Yes – the online eLearning component takes approximately 3-4 hours and must be completed prior to starting one of the two Instructor led sessions.

  • Q) Do I have to complete the 3-4-hour eLearning component in one sitting?

    A) No, you can take your time to complete this and we recommend breaking it up into stages so that you can process and retain the information more easily.

  • Q) Is the eLearning component content the same or similar to the existing face to face Youth MHFA Course?

    A) Yes, the content is the same and hasn’t changed, it is just delivered differently via an online portal.

  • Q) Do I have to arrange to pay for the eLearning component myself and how much is it?

    A) Not necessarily. If you book your MHFA course with us here at CDC, we will arrange the initial $88 payment for you and set everything up for you so you are ready to undertake the learning in your own time.

  • Q) How many instructor led sessions are there? How are the delivered and how long do they take?

    A) Once the initial eLearning component is completed, you will need to undertake three separate instructor led sessions which each take 2.5 hours each. Upon enrolment, we will notify you of the available classes and book you into a suitable upcoming date. At CDC, we deliver these instructor led sessions via online Zoom technology.

  • Q) I have never used Zoom before, do I need to install anything or have a special device?

    A) No, we can send you a link which is accessible on a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device that does not require a download or installation of software.

    We do recommend using a laptop or tablet so you can see other participants, and MHFA require you to turn on your camera therefore you must join a session on a device where we can see your face.

  • Q) Are the instructor led sessions interactive and can I ask questions throughout?

    A) Yes, the Instructor led sessions involves a mixture of learning, online discussions, white-board sessions, breakout room conversations and the ability to ask questions of the trainer and each other.

  • Q) How many other participants will there be on the Instructor led sessions?

    A) Mental Health First Aid Australia have indicated that we can run a session with no less than 6 participants and no more than 12 on each course.

  • Q) What are the benefits to undertaking a Youth Mental Health First Aid course online?

    A) There are many, including:

    • The course can now be done in a flexible way that is better suited to your individual needs.
    • In light of the current pandemic, there is no risk of having to be close to a stranger as every part of the course is performed remotely.
    • You may join a session with participants from all over Australia.
    • You may even wish to complete the course whilst wearing your pyjamas.
  • Q) Is the final accreditation the same as the existing face to face standard Youth MHFA course?

    A) Yes, the final accreditation and existing content has not changed, only the delivery method.

  • Q) Will I receive an official Mental Health First Aid Manual and how is this arranged?

    A) Yes, your very own official MHFA Manual will be mailed to an address of your choice and our CDC team will arrange everything for you.

  • Q) How can I book in for an upcoming Online Youth MHFA Course?

    A) Please call our team via 1300 199 849 or fill in a contact form or email info@careerdevelopmentcentre.com.au to learn more.

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Register your interest for online MHFA with our ‘Principal Master Trainer’ Trish Thomas.

Trish can deliver the course in person or a blended online / in-person version in Victoria.

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Mental health crisis situations covered during Online MHFA:

  • 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

Developing mental health problems covered are:

  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Depression
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders