Event details

When Location Contact Cost
March 08, 2023 to
March 15, 2023
eLearning component
6-8 hours online
Virtual classroom
**audio and webcam
T - +61 7 3231 2400
8 & 15 March 2023
Start: 9.30am
Finish: 12.00pm

Australian employers are adapting to the growing prevalence of mental illness in the workplace. One key aspect of support is to have trained mental health first aid officers who can act as 'first responders' for employees who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Register yourself or a member of your team for our next blended mental health first aid training for workplaces course on 8 and 15 March 2023, or read on to find out more.

Responding to mental illness in your workplace

Each year mental illness costs Australian workplaces $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $1.6 billion in presenteeism and $146 million in compensation claims. The addition of COVID-19 impacting the mental health and wellbeing of employees means employers must adapt to the mental health needs of the workplace.

Appointing mental health first aid officers within a workplace can help to strengthen a supportive workplace culture, improve retention and engagement and reduce legal risk. Workplace MHFA Officers are equipped with the necessary skills to recognise a change in the mental health of employees or where an employee is experiencing a mental health crisis and to take appropriate action. Ideally, large businesses should have several MHFA Officers to increase awareness of mental health issues and promote early intervention.

The blended mental health first aid for workplaces course is designed for workplaces. It is delivered through a combination of online, eLearning and two follow-on interactive online sessions with Belinda Winter, a partner in our workplace relations and safety team. Belinda is a unique trainer in that she is able to bridge the gap between the MHFA training and the workplace laws and how they relate and affect each other.

eLearning component

Participants begin by completing an interactive self-paced eLearning component that presents an overview of mental health problems, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • psychosis
  • substance abuse.

The component also covers mental health crises, including:

  • suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • panic attacks
  • traumatic events
  • severe psychotic states
  • severe effects from alcohol or drug use
  • aggressive behaviours.

Face-to-face sessions

The face-to-face sessions are delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component. The training sessions will be delivered online in two sessions both two hours in duration. The focus is on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component, providing participants the opportunity to:

  • examine issues pertinent to mental health problems in the workplace in more depth
  • clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant workplace scenarios
  • discuss and reflect on 'where to from now' for mental health first aid skills in the workplace.


For cancellations made more than 15 business days prior to the event, we offer a full refund or a credit towards future training.

Cancellations 10 to 15 business days prior to the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee, and cancellations within 10 business days will incur a 100% cancellation fee.

Once e-learning materials have been accessed online via the link we send to you, refunds cannot be provided.

We hope you can join us.