Building confident Mental Health First Aid responders.

Mental Health First Aiders Trained
Organisations in NZ with Mental Health First Aiders
of attendees would recommend the course to a friend!

Become a Mental Health First-Aider too!


Mental health concerns in New Zealand are common.  Approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year. That means that anyone living in New Zealand can expect to have close contact with someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Whilst most people know something about common first aid problems such as cuts and grazes, coughs and colds, sprains and strains, we’re often less equipped to recognize and help with the mental health equivalent.   

Regular first aid courses are effective in improving people’s skills and confidence in giving initial aid in a medical emergency.  First aiders save lives. Now Mental Health First Aiders are saving lives too!  

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, or substance misuse- or who is in a mental health crisis, like panic attacks, self-injury, aggressive behaviour.

Mental health first aid is the response given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crisis resolves.

What will you learn?

The MHFA certificate teaches you how to assist someone who is struggling with their mental health, experiencing distress or in a mental health crisis. You will learn the ALGEE five steps to assisting:

  • Approach, assess and assist any crisis
  • Listen without judging
  • Give support and information
  • Encourage relevant professional help
  • Encourage other supports

**Please note that this course is not a personal wellbeing workshop, therapy or support group. It is an educational programme equipping you to give mental health first response to those in immediate need.

Mental Illness topics covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse

Mental health crisis topics covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • Panic attacks
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or drug misuse
  • Aggressive behaviour
Course Details:
  • This workshop is for any adult over 18 years
  • All courses are currently held in Wellington.


2 day programme includes:
  • 12 contact hours (6 each day)
  • Comprehensive manual provided
  • Mental Health First Aid Certificate valid for 2 years.
Course Cost:

Individual cost: $790.00

Scholarships now available


We have a place on every public course for people who need financial assistance to attend.

They may be community leaders or carers, charity volunteers, or people who use their time to support others struggling with their mental health. These are the unsung heroes who have stepped in to support roles, with big hearts but little training on responding to complex mental health issues. We believe this training is for everyone – cost shouldn’t have to be a barrier.

What people say about this course!

"The content and delivery was excellent. The facilitators were very cognisant of the needs of the people attending the course and ensuring that we took time to reflect and that we were all coping. in all an excellent course that was delivered impeccably"

Robert Hamilton Jet

“This course is a breath of fresh air into New Zealand's dialogue around mental health. It's not just an exchange of information but an immersive learning experience, which I can already imagine applying in my life. Through the interactive workshop elements, I was able to overcome some persistent beliefs about myself and change some beliefs I held about the experience of poor mental health.”

Rupert Course participant

"An encouraging and really practical introduction to this complex topic. Learned so much - it's an amazing toolkit for anyone interested in helping and supporting other humans at difficult times - can't recommend it enough"

Hannah SmithCourse Participant

“Fantastic course that will be hugely beneficial in my role at work. I feel better equipped to help staff and confident to see a situation right through.”

PhilippaCourse Participant

“A powerful, two day examination of key tools that we can implement at work and in our personal lives and communities. The course is well structured, content well designed and delivered; and the facilitators brought our team closely together over the two days. Looking forward now to completing the next two stages and developing a key strategic plan for implementation in the organisation."

GinaCourse Participant, 2019

“I believe the awareness this MHFA course builds is essential to our humanity at this time. The care, sensitivity and experiential tools that Coliberate offers with this education is exceptional".

Emily Whyte RubinCourse Participant

“This was a challenging but superb course which covered a lot of material in a short time frame. It needs to be an integral part of all training programmes in large Corporate entities in NZ.”

Judith Course Participant

"I can't think of a more purposeful and relevant programme for people to participate in. The Coliberate facilitators were outstanding - incredibly open, respectful, knowledgeable and empathetic as they took us through what was at times 'heavy' subject matter. I felt in very safe and caring hands, particularly as they were very mindful of checking with us to ensure we were okay."

SuzanneParticipant, 2019

"The mental health first aid course has given me the confidence to engage in conversations and offer support where I would have previously shied away."

James Warren PwC, 2019

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CoLiberate are accredited providers for
New Zealand/Aotearoa Mental Health First Aid Certificate