Mental Health First Aid
Online Training
Aug 22nd 2024
6 hours self learning then
6 hours video training
In todays society, we may tend to rely on the 'ambulance at the bottom of the cliff'
rather than building a better fence at the top.
Mental Health training helps build a better fence by providing understanding, empathy, resources and actions to help someone who may be struggling.
MHFA Aotearoa is Licensed by
Become a Mental Health First Aider today and support those around you... (and maybe understand more yourself too!)

Mental Health First Aid Aotearoa is an internationally recognised and accredited programme. Join over 6 million+ people globally who have already become MH First Aiders. The accreditation is valid for 3 years. On completion of the course a certificate is provided and the comfort that your MHFA skills can be used within business, personal and community.


Self Paced study followed by online teaching to embed understanding

Certificate of Participation

Accreditation for 3 years in an internationally recognised course

This event is a blended online course.

Once registered and deposits made - all participants receive a copy of the MHFA Manual and instructions to undertake the self study (approx 5-7 hours online).

  • PHASE 1: Complete this well structured, interactive course. Once completed send your certificate of participation to the instructor for the next phase.
  • PHASE 2: Two engaging, interactive and supporting sessions : 8:30am-11:30am and then 1pm to 4pm (~6 hours overall)

Once completed - you can choose to pass the online assessment to be recognised as an accredited MHFAider for your workplace or community.

Internationally recognised and valid for 3 years (then it can be re-certified)

Click here to understand more about the qualification

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training changes this:
  • by demystifying mental illness;
  • by helping us understand that mental illnesses are real,common, and treatable; and
  • by showing people how to help.
The MHFA course teaches participants about common mental health issues.
Upon completion of the course, you can be recognised as a Mental Health First Aider, in the same way an organisation may have First Aid Officers.
Physical First Aid is a well known addition to personal development, supporting family and business as needed (i.e. heart attack - starting CPR, or at the very least, calling 111).
But few of us would know how to respond to a friend or colleague having a panic attack or showing signs of alcoholism, depression or suicide.
Unfortunately, there is widespread naivety and stigma surrounding mental health. This prevents people from providing appropriate support to someone, simply because they do not know how.

What is a MHFA qualification?
Who is This Course For?
Organisations are recognising the impact of Mental Health and are taking steps to support its people and provide a mentally supportive workplace
Not for profits, community organisations, educators and groups are understanding the need to support the people around them.
Most of us have been affected in some way by mental health challenges, whether that be directly or within family, friends and/or neighbourhoods. Be a supportive parent, friend and take interest in those around.
Feedback from some previous courses
  • Countdown
    Grocery Supermarket Chain
    I've already mentioned this morning in my team huddle how excellent this course was and how it brings up a new perspective of looking at people and situations around you. Rating this 9 out of 10, thanks.
  • Fisher and Paykel healthcare
    Pharmaceutical company
    Fantastic course! Gary delivered content in a knowledgable, thoughtful and engaging way. Excellent!!
  • Qantas
    • The course was fascinating and empowering and by far exceeded my expectations. A special thanks to the amazing tutors who provided a safe and engaging environment for all participants
    • Excellent thought provoking course which has given me much more knowledge on mental health and the importance of early intervention.
    • The course was excellent. It was a lot of fun and gave practical tools to use in the real world. It exceeded my expectations.
  • Wairoa District Council
    City Council
    • This course was great, Gary was amazing and really happy had the time to come to Queen street Wairoa :)
    • I have taken away a lot of learnings from this course and am more confident in having difficult conversations
    • Really enjoyable course, everyone should be encouraged to participate
    • Yes for sure! super informative and interesting and relevant. Instructor is very good at delivery and engaging everyone.
  • Urgent Couriers
    Delivery Organisation
    • There was adequate opportunity to practice the skills taught - People are different in learning styles
    • I will be able to apply the knowledge and skills covered in the course
  • Holiday Inn - HR team
    It was a very interactive, engaging and informative session. There are things that I didn’t know before about mental health that I know now. It’s as simple as, Mental Health Challenges are normal. And it’s ok for others to reach out to us for help as well to reach out to others to help. I have been having conversations about mental health with others and have started using what I learnt. I would recommend these sessions to anyone.
Your Facilitator
  • Gary Walker
    About the Trainer: Gary is a behaviour change specialist with a background in Psychology, neuroscience and strategic leadership. He works as a coach, trainer, mentor, speaker and consultant across health, wellness, communication and sustainability.
    He has a BSc Psychology, Computer Science, Dip Hypnotherapy, Masters in NLP and Diploma in Leadership & Strategic Management.
    Gary worked as a volunteer counsellor, mentor and trainer at Youthline lifeline services and has extensive experience with supporting people, clients and businesses.

    Looking for a facilitator or trainer at your own MHFA course? Happy to help.

  • MHFA - Improving Mental Health
    MHFA is an accredited facilitator for mental health programs - both bespoke or on behalf of other organisations

    Feel free to visit the website here :
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