Rotary Mental Health First Aid Course

The Rotary Clubs of Randwick and Maroubra offer subsidized accredited Standard Mental Health First Aid courses at about half the fee for comparable courses to improve the understanding of mental health in our local community.

Bookings are open for the 2019 courses at the discounted price of $160pp at:

Tickets are not refundable but are transferable.

This 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Certificate course teaches members of the public first aid skills for helping people experiencing a mental health crisis, mental health problems or the early onset of mental illness.

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a mental health crisis situation.

Developing mental health problems covered are:
• Depression
• Anxiety problems
• Psychosis
• Substance use problems

Mental health crisis situations covered are:
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
• Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
• Panic attacks
• Traumatic events
• Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
• Severe psychotic states
• Aggressive behaviours

All Standard MHFA Courses teach how to give mental health first aid using the MHFA Action Plan ALGEE.

After successful completion of the course and the online assessment, a 3-Year accreditation as a Standard Mental Health First Aider is available, see

Participant Testimonial (Name Supplied):

“Within 24 hours of completing this course I encountered a potential suicide event in my own home with a dinner guest who was not well known to me.

I was blown away by the immediate recall I had from the course where it felt like I moved over and our course facilitator moved into my body and all the course guidance came pouring out. Absolutely amazing and I felt so confident with all I did and said. The outcome is outstanding with the person I helped never having looked back. The best 2 days I have ever invested in community service- a life saver!”

These two-day courses are normally run on a Friday and the following Saturday.

Course dates for 2019 are: 22-23 February; 24-25 May; 2-3 August; 22-23 November

The current venue is:
Vonnie Young Auditorium, Floor 1, Bowen Library
669 – 673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra Junction, NSW 2035

The course instructor is: Katrina Bettington

Rotary contact: Greg Forster   0407 974 379 (text message preferred)