Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis.


The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with young people between the ages of 12 to 18. This course is particularly suitable for parents, health workers, social workers, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
  • Mental illnesses and injuries together rank as the biggest causes of disease burden for 15-24 year olds in Australia.

  • In 2016, 33% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths had a probable serious mental illness. A rate 10% lower than non-Indigenous youth.

  • Adults have important influence in young people’s lives, and are often well placed to help them work through their mental health issues.


Course Information

The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

This is a 14 hour course, which can be delivered as either:

  • A 2-day training package (7 hours per day), OR

  • As 4 Separate modules (3.5 hours each)

Course participants receive a copy of the Youth MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Who Can Participate?

Any interested adult can attend the course, however please note that this course is not for young people to attend.


The delivery of the training is FREE of charge to AHCWAs Member Services, however the trainers travel costs and accommodation will be at the expense of the Service.


For more information or to book Youth Mental Health First Aid training please contact

the AHCWA office on (08) 9227 1631 or email adminmembersupport@ahcwa.org