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A little insider info...

A little insider info...BLLC Director, Alena Farrugia is also the National Consultant Trainer of Standard, Youth &Teen Programs at MHFA Australia.

 Sounds 'fancy' but what does that mean? It means that she's part of the small team that train up and accredit any Youth, Teen & Standard instructors across Australia.
Nice, right!

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he Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course for tertiary students teaches participants how to assist a fellow student who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Course overview


In this informative and practical course you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, 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 mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs of tertiary student participants.


Course Component 1 –Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)
The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.
Developing mental health problems covered include:

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety problems

  • Psychosis

  • Eating disorders

  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

  • Non-suicidal self-injury

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Severe psychotic states

  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

  • Aggressive behaviour


Course Component 2 

Instructor-led component delivered as a instructor-led video conferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)​

Course Component 2 –Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) follows completion of Course Component 1 – eLearning.


Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan

  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules

  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios

  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills

  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Both course components of the course are to be completed within a 3-month period.

To enrol in the eLearning, head to MHFA Aus


The cost of the eLearning course (Course Component 1 is $55 including GST and is available for purchase directly through the MHFA Australia website or may be purchased via BLLC for groups as part of a total course price). The eLearning course component price includes a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual. Postage cost for the Manual is additional.


Payment for Course Component 2 (The Instructor-led video conferencing sessions), is made directly to BLLC.

Who can enroll

Any interested adult can attend the training.

Please be reminded, this course should not be considered therapy or a support group session.

Accreditation & CPD Points


On completion of the course, participates are asked to complete a short online exam, open-book online of approx 15 questions. Upon passing participates will receive their Mental Health First Aiders Certificate which is valid for another 3 year period.

After which, participants will be required to attend a full 2 day session, as 6 years would have passed from their original training date.

If participants do not wish to complete the exam they are presented with a certificate of completion with CPD points awarded regardless of exam completion.

Most professionals can claim attendance towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within their industry body. Please check with your relevant industry body or BLLC if you are unsure of allocation points.


A note on Virtual Delivery- 

The Instructor-led virtual sessions are live meetings conducted over the internet using video conferencing software (your Instructor will provide a link for you to the platform they use).

As a participant you will need a quiet location where you will have privacy.
You can attend via your computer or tablet as you will need to be able to read the screen easily. The Instructor needs to be able to see and hear you for you to participate in the training therefore access to a camera and a microphone for the duration of the session is mandatory. If your computer doesn’t have a microphone or camera built in you can still attend via your computer but will need to be also on camera using your smart phone or tablet at the same time.

Course participants will receive:

  • The highest leave of professional accredited facilitation

  • A copy of the most current Standard MHFA Manual

  • Additional industry-relevant  supplement manuals and resources- where required

  • Registration and management of accreditation for all participants- including tracking of 3-year refresher requirements for full MHFA courses

  • Ongoing post-training support and MHFA counselling for MHFA officers

  • A Certificate of Completion &/or accreditation