Become a Mental Health First-Aider!


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.

Hi, I’m Jody.
I am the accredited provider of this first aid course and the lead facilitator in the room. Check our my blog post to gain more understanding on why i think it’s so important we all feel confident to step up and support someone in need.



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CoLiberate Studio

L2, 111 Customhouse Quay
Wellington CBD

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