Mental Health First Aid Courses

Mental Health First Aid Courses

Standard Mental Health First Aid Courses

ESSA are proudly presenting a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course for ESSA Exercise & Sports Science Professionals. 

The Standard Mental Health First Aid course teaches participants how to provide initial support to another adult who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis, until professional help is received, or the crisis resolves. Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems in adults, how to recognise and respond to an emerging or worsening mental health problem and the treatments and supports available.

Using a practical, evidence-based action plan, course participants learn how to approach someone they are concerned about and initiate a conversation about those concerns. Participants also learn how to offer initial support and information and how to encourage the person to seek professional help or other supports. Adults who complete the course become Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAiders), equipped with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to provide someone with mental health information and support when it matters most.

This Standard Mental Health First Aid course is delivered in Blended Face-to-Face and Blended Online formats. You will need to complete eLearning materials online prior to attending the online course on the scheduled day. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: 
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems in adults 
  • Use an evidence-based action plan to initiate a mental health first aid conversation 
  • Know the barriers to help-seeking and how to overcome these 
  • Assess for a range of crisis situations and provide initial support 
  • Understand the prevalence and impact of mental illnesses, risk factors and treatments and supports available 
  • Apply self-care practices as a Mental Health First Aider 

  • Course Content

    This course covers common and disabling mental health problems and crisis situations. Participants learn how to apply mental health first aid to adults across a range of situations, including:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Traumatic events

  • Duration

    This 12-hour course will be delivered in:
    Blended Face-to-Face: Self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by a 5-hour face-to-face session.
    Blended Online: Self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours), followed by 1 x 5-hour virtual workshop session. 
    All sessions are led by an MHFA trained and Licensed Instructor.


    Presented by Thriving in Motion

    Individual coaches within Thriving are predominantly accredited Exercise Scientists (AES) or Exercise Physiologists (AEP), and other allied health graduates. The diversity in teachers allows the tailoring of the course case studies suitable to the exercise industry. 



    For more information and registration click below:  

    Date      Type        Course - Click course below to register
     Monday, 29 July 2024    Blended Online    Online
     Thursday, 15 August    Blended Online    Online
     Saturday, 14 September 2024    Blended Face-to-Face    Sydney, NSW
     Friday, 1 November 2024    Blended Online    Online



  • eLearning Materials
  • Standard MHFA Manual
  • Mental Health First Aider Accreditation
  • Certificate of attendance, gaining you 12 valuable ESSA CPD points



    You can complete the short assessment at the end of a course to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider).
    Accreditations are valid for 3 years.


    Target Audience

    Any Accredited Exercise Scientist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 1, Accredited Sports Scientist Level 2 and/or Accredited High Performance Manager 


    ESSA CPD Points

    Suicide and crisis support

    If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health and need help, talk to someone now, call:

    13 11 14

    Suicide Call Back Service
    1300 659 467

    Beyond Blue
    1300 22 4636

    1800 650 890

    On the line (Mensline Australia)
    1300 789 978

    1800 551 800

    Q Life
    1800 184 527

    Blue Knot Helpline
    1300 657 380



  • All accredited persons, regardless of any professional development completed/ attended must refer to their accreditation’s Scope of Practice/Standards, and only treat/practice within the same.  
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  • ESSA recommends that its members seek appropriate independent professional advice specific to their particular purposes and circumstances (including the provision of medical advice to patients) before relying on it. 
  • All Professional Development logistics are correct at time of publication. Subject to change at anytime without notice.
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