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With 1 in 6 New Zealand adults experiencing a mental illness in their lifetime, chances are someone you know or care about may need help. How you respond may determine how quickly a friend, work colleague or loved gets the help they need, and our Online Mental Health First Aid training will teach you the skills and knowledge to recognise and respond to someone experiencing these mental health concerns. Mental health first aid courses are not refundable - please refer to our Ts & Cs for more details.

What you’ll gain

In this 4 to 5 hour course, our in-depth discussions, lessons, and scenario-based activities will give you:

  • the skills to recognise mental distress
  • the confidence to provide initial help and guide a person towards professional help
  • an Online Mental Health First Aid certificate

What this course covers

Our interactive online learning environments will teach you how to:

Recognise and provide mental health first aid including how to:
  • Identify the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Get a basic understanding of the relationship between mental health and mental disorders
  • Identify mental health crises
  • Identify strategies for managing a mental health crisis safely
  • Follow our ‘Listen to your HEAD’ action plan
  • Identify help agencies and where to get immediate assistance
  • Understand debriefing strategies for self-care
  • Covers the same content as the in-class Mental Health First Aid course

Prerequisites and restrictions

We invite everyone to take part in our Online Mental Health First Aid course. Attendees do not need any prior training or experience.

Please note, courses are non-refundable. Click here for the full training terms & conditions.

Minimum system requirements:

Desktop browsers:

  • IE11
  • Microsoft Edge (latest version)
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari (latest version)

Mobile browsers:

  • Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later
  • Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later
  • Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

Required browser settings:

  • Javascript must be enabled
  • Turn off compatibility view in Internet Explorer
  • Font downloads must be enabled (HTML5 only)
Quick facts

Mental disorders as a group are the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders.

Ideal training for managers responsible for their staff, those interacting with the public, or simply anyone who wants to improve their knowledge around mental health.

Everyone can benefit from Mental Health First Aid training.

This course is not a therapy or support group, nor does it teach people how to be therapists.