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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date: 8th December 2023

Facilitator: Ruth O'Sullivan


Please note: The eLearning vouchers for this course are non-transferrable and not refundable.


Component 1 = eLearning

Component 2 = Zoom session


Component 1 = eLearning, self-paced (3 – 4 hours)

Component 2 = 9:00am - 15:00pm AEST (Zoom session) Friday 8 December 2023

Component 1 must be completed before component 2


$300.00 including a copy of the YMHFA manual and a certificate of attendance.


Your place

Target Group

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years), however, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Component 1 (eLearning)

Component 1 - self-paced interactive eLearning
  • online access to PDF version of the MHFA Manual so you can get started right away
  • Approximately 3 - 4 hours to complete
  • eCertrificate of completion on successful completion of the course (PDF)
  • Audio, video, case scenarios and short multiple choice quizzes to keep you engaged
  • Online, email and telephone technical support
Component 1 must be completed before component 2

Component 1 Outline

Participants will receive an introduction to mental health, mental health problems and mental health first aid. Each module will cover statistics and facts about the particular mental health problem, how to recognise the signs that someone may be experiencing the problem.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Mental health crises covered:
  • Panic attacks
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Component 2

Friday 8 December 2023

Delivered via Zoom

Component 2 Outline

Component 1 must be completed before component 2

This course component allows participants the opportunity to revise and consolidate practical skills in a group environment. The instructor-led component is designed to be delivered after participants have completed the eLearning component of the course. In this training, delivered over video conference from wherever you are, the focus is on the revision and application of knowledge and skills learnt in the eLearning component. The instructor-led component includes large and small group activities, providing participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Learn crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts and behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Learn crisis first aid for traumatic events
  • Review a range of resources that a mental health first aider could refer someone to when providing mental health first aid.


Some of the great feedback we received about this event:

“Great introduction to mental health and young people, I really enjoyed the two days”

“The course was very good, comprehensive and informative”

“The presentation method and use of first hand experiences by the presenters was a considerable strength of this course”

“A great course to help respond to adolescents with a MI”

“The short acronym ALGEE (action plan) is easy to understand and apply in real life situations. Good use of ice breaks and interactive learning to help with the energy levels”

“I found this workshop very helpful and appreciated the input from the presenters and other attendees”

“I really enjoyed the video examples, work sheets, group work and the presenters giving real-life examples”

“This course was very positive with and excellent overview of MH needs relating to youth”

“This workshop was evidence based and was up to date”

Facilitator Bio:

Ruth O’Sullivan

Ruth is currently working as a Peer Rehabilitation Worker Supervisor within Queensland Health providing up to date/current work practices. Ruth has also worked as a resource worker at Kyabra Community Association which is a well-regarded Non-Government Organisation and as a Carer Consultant with Child and Youth Mental Health Services on the Gold Coast.

Ruth has completed Program Development and Facilitation (PDF) and has gained experience in management of groups and good course delivery skills. She has a Bachelor of Social Science, completed two subjects of the Masters in Mental Health, is a Wellways - Building a Better Future facilitator and a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Her special interest is facilitating YMHFA to family members and Carers of people with Mental Health difficulties. Ruth is a master instructor having conducted over 30 YMHFA courses.

Workshop Cancellations:


By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.

Please note: The eLearning vouchers for this course are non-transferrable and not refundable.