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Pasifika Mental Health First Aid

Standard Mental Health First Aid is a specialist two day program which provides students with the knowledge and skills to assist individuals 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.

This specially adapted Standard MHFA course is only open to Pasifika community members and individual family members, and is delivered by an educator with Pasifika heritage.

Resources provided include manual and workbooks.


What the Course Covers

Learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 first aid in a crisis situation.

This is an education course, to learn how to give first aid to others, and is not a therapy or support group.

Developing Mental Health Problems Covered

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Pychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental Health Crisis Situations Covered

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


This training is an accredited course by Mental Health First Aid Australia. On the completion of the course, an online testing component may be completed in order to receive the accreditation. If you would like to know more, please visit the MHFA website.


Important! Before you enrol: We are required to provide our services to people who live/work/study or provide services in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) area. If you are not sure whether you are eligible, please check Who can attend recovery college. If your address is outside of WSLHD area but you study or provide services within the Western Sydney LHD, please ensure you respond to the relevant question on the enrolment form to explain your connection to the area.