Building confident Mental Health First Aid responders.

Mental Health First Aiders Trained
Organisations in NZ with Mental Health First Aiders
critical conversations happening every year... and growing!

Mental Health First-Aid


Your people are your greatest resource!


Mental health and wellbeing is recorded as the top reason people take time off work.

With nearly one million New Zealanders experiencing mental health challenges, it’s crystal clear that a major risk to your people is their mental health.

While many organisations have a plan for responding to common first aid problems such as cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, broken bones and even heart attacks, they are a lot less equipped to recognise and respond to the mental health equivalent. First aiders save lives. Now Mental Health First Aiders are saving lives too!  

2-day MHFA programme includes:

12 contact hours ( 6 each day) with experienced facilitators and mental health advocates

Comprehensive take-home manual and support resources catered specifically to your region.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate valid for 2 years.


What is MHFA & why train with CoLiberate?

“MHFA needs to be an integral part of all training programmes in large corporate entities in NZ.”

– Judith, IAG

CoLiberate have been delivering the official internationally accredited Mental Health First Aid Certificate since October 2017. The programme has been developed over the last 19 years, bringing consumer experiences and professional perspectives together.

This extensive 2 – day programme is hands-on. Practice opportunities supported by coaching conversations ensure MHFA’ers are confident to respond to crisis situations and the signs of depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance misuse. 

Certified First Aiders are making shifts to the mental health culture of their workplaces and are using the skills to save lives at home and at work.

Coliberate delivers certificate programmes in-house in workplaces and has worked with more than 150 organisations across the country.

It’s common to come to mental health conversations with high levels of fear. CoLiberate skillful host safe environments where people are well supported through the intensity of what these conversations can bring up.


By the end of the programme participants are trained to:


  • Recognise the signs and signals of distress and developing mental health challenges.
  • Recognise when a person is in significant distress, how to keep everyone safe and the right pathways of professional support.
  • Understand the different kinds of professional services available and where to access them. Know who to contact for emergency assistance
  • Understand how to be the best advocate for someone in their recovery journey.
  • Have an understanding of language that is helpful and language that is unhelpful when responding to mental distress.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between mental health, mental illness, mental distress and wellbeing.
  • Feel confident in implementing the ALGEE action plan.
  • Better understand their own boundaries and the importance of debrief and self-care strategies.

Get in touch

Request a meeting from our MHFA Director, Bop Murdoch to see how we can make it happen in your workplace.

Upcoming public courses

What people leaders are saying…

"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

“Although this is a challenging training course because of the subject matter, I believe this would be beneficial for more New Zealanders, whether in organisations or not, to take part in. My 'mental health literacy' was good before but now it has improved exponentially. I feel much more prepared now to handle having conversations with people who may be experiencing mental distress or illness. An invaluable training course! I think the benefits of this will stay with me in my professional and personal life for a long time. Thank you, Jody, for being an excellent facilitator!”

Jennifer Young, Jen Y InsightsCourse Participant

“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

A few of our happy clients.


Benefits of in-house training.

Uphold legal health and safety obligations.

Workplaces have a legal responsibility to manage risks to mental health just like they do with any other health and safety risk. Mental health challenges are the single biggest risk to organisations right now (according to Health Promotion Agency). Suicidal ideation, self-harm, substance misuse, panic attacks, and other crisis scenarios are risks that can be mitigated by education, skills building and awareness about mental health in the workplace.

Reduce absenteeism and increase performance.

Employees suffering from mental distress may withdraw, struggle to maintain their usual levels of productivity and be absent from work often. By opening safe mental health conversations we break down stigma and fear that can prevent colleagues from feeling able to share their challenging experiences. This reduces absenteeism and lifts performance.

Trailblaze an inclusive and empowered culture.

Team building and transformation are inherent to our in-house training. Previous participants attest to increased self-awareness, increased capacity to both give and receive appropriate support and improved levels of trust and openness towards colleagues. CoLiberate’s Mental Health First Aid programme contributes to a stronger and safer organisational culture.

Want to do this course outside of your Organisation?

No matter whereabouts you’re living in New Zealand, we want to make this training accessible to you.
Fill out this Expression of Interest form >>>

We rely on demand – get your friends to fill it out as well to increase the chance of coming to your region.


We look forward to creating change together.

CoLiberate are accredited providers for
New Zealand/Aotearoa Mental Health First Aid Certificate
by Ko Awatea and Counties Manukau DHB