Mental Health First Aid for UNSW Student-Supporting Staff (Face-to-Face)

UNSW Sydney is committed to building a mentally healthy workplace. Staff in student-supporting roles and students at UNSW are encouraged to get involved by undergoing training including Supporting Students in DistressRecognise and Respond and Mental Health First Aid. Staff and students who have completed Mental Health First Aid training are also encouraged to join the UNSW Mental Health Network for further professional development opportunities. 

UNSW Health Promotion Unit (HPU) coordinates MHFA training for staff in student-supporting roles and students at UNSW Sydney.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health Frist Aid is an internationally recognised, evidence-based training program. MHFA is an early intervention training program designed to empower communities by equipping people with the knowledge and confidence to recognise, connect and respond to a person struggling with mental health issues. The training course serves as a bridge to professional care. Once you have done the training you can become an accredited MHFAider through MHFA by completing an online assessment. Staff and students do not need to complete the online assessment in order to join the UNSW Mental Health Network.

Training Format

The Standard MHFA Course will be delivered on campus face-to-face by a MHFA instructor on campus over two days. You need to be present for the full two days to become accredited in MHFA, so please only register if you can commit to this. 

You will be provided with a MHFA manual to keep. Please bring a pen and notebook. It's also a good idea to bring a jacket as it can be hard to set the AC temp to suit everyone! 

Once the training is complete you are able to complete an online assessment to become an accredited MHFAider. 

Available Dates

Please choose ONE set of dates that is most suitable for you. The available dates are as follows:

  • 21 & 28 May 2024, 9:30am-4:30pm both days - Standard MHFA
  • 3 & 4 July 2024, 9:30am-4:30pm both days - Standard MHFA
  • 1 & 8 August, 9:30am-4:30pm both days - Youth MHFA

What's the cost?

MHFA is subsidised for UNSW student-supporting staff through Strategy 2025 funding that is dedicated to enhancing UNSW’s support for students and improving student mental health. The training for staff in student-supporting roles is available at a reduced rate of $100.

Payment can be made by credit card via personal or company card. Please speak to your supervisor before you register if you can claim via Concur for anyone using a personal card. 

Rescheduling and Refund Policy

Any participant who needs to reschedule a booking, must contact the UNSW Health Promotion Uni (HPU) via email ( 30 days in advance.  

All payments are non-refundable. In the event of unforeseen circumstances HPU reserves the right to refund payments or transfer booking, however, this is considered on a case-by-case basis.