Mental Health First Aid Training for UNSW Staff

UNSW Sydney is proud to be recognised as a Gold Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Skilled Workplace, showing our commitment to building a mentally healthy workplace. Students and staff at UNSW are encouraged to get involved by undergoing training to become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider) and build local MHFA networks in their Faculties and Schools.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Just like physical first aid courses train members of the public to provide basic first aid to someone with a physical health condition, MHFA teaches skills to help someone experiencing a mental health problem.

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

What’s covered?

  • Mental illnesses: depression, anxiety, substance use disorders and psychosis. 
  • Mental health crises: suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, traumatic events and aggressive behaviours.

What's the cost?

MHFA is subsidised for all UNSW staff through Strategy 2025 funding that is dedicated to enhancing UNSW’s support for students and improving student mental health. The training is available at a reduced rate of $75.

What's the format?

There are two options for the method of delivery which are the same cost and give the same training and accreditation upon completion:

  • Standard MHFA | delivered face-to-face over two full days
  • Blended Online Community MHFA | 5-6 hours of independent pre-work followed by 2 x 2.5 hour webinars

How do I register?

Multiple dates are available throughout the year. Please select your preferred format (blended online or in-person) using the relevant link below.

For group booking for teams of 10 or more please email

Need a Refresher?

In you are within 3 years of becoming accredited, you can complete the refresher course which gives an additional 3 yeras of accreditation. Please check with MHFA before registering if you are unsure about your eligibility.

The course is a half day in person workshop with no pre-learning.

For all queries relating to MHFA training please contact