Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. The IOPO are offering the MHFA Standard Course as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

Why have Mental Health Education for Organisers?

Professional Benefits

  • Increase your professional value to clients and industry partners
  • Your business viewed as far more than just a cleaner or rubbish removal business, sets the PO and the industry apart
  • Point of difference for your business, assessment process giving you added weight to your CV
  • Professional Development points earned towards the IOPO Accreditation
  • Greater understanding of possible conditions so therefore being able to serve clients interests to a higher level
  • Generate more positive outcomes for clients
  • Be part of the shift in your industry to increase awareness of the real value and professionalism of hiring a Professional Organiser

Personal Benefits

  • Feeling more equipped to deal with mental health situations while on the job.
  • Increase personal safety through awareness of possible conditions and events occurring on the job.
  • Gain self confidence in crisis situations via the MHFA action plan
  • Have a clear action plan established prior to any situation where mental health is a challenge
  • Able to support non-client individuals with the same knowledge and MHFA skills

What Will You Learn?

MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public. Course content is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world.

MHFA courses can provide members of the community with:

  • Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems
  • Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available
  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem
  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.

What the course covers

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the 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 crisis situation.

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

How the IOPO offer works?

We’ve taken all the hard work out of choosing a course and created a member only offer we hope you enjoy. Accredited instructors have been individually selected to help give you a great experience in becoming a certificate holder.

Currently we have course instructors holding training in the major capital cities as per the list below. We hope to expand this as time goes on. Each instructor holds regular courses that you can join. Click on the relevant city below to see all the details of dates, times and fees.

Once payment is received for your chosen course, you’ll receive a confirmation email and a registration link for your chosen date with the individual instructor. Keep your receipt and remember to record your PD hours for Accreditation purposes.

The instructor will send you all the further details you may need.


Perth Brisbane Adelaide Sydney  
Sydel Weinstein Rick Jensen Kate Erne Madeleine Fabian  

Terms & Conditions:

Bookings close 7 days prior to course date. Cancellations not permitted. Transfer to a following date will be accepted if 10 days written notice is given to (Sydney Courses: no changes permitted). No refunds or rescheduling for non-attendance. Late bookings may be accepted contact The IOPO takes no responsibility for the trainers rescheduling, canceling or outcomes of the course. The IOPO reserves the right to change course fees, content or facilitators at its discretion. Whilst changes to the site are kept to a minimum, the IOPO reserves the right to make any amendments to the terms and conditions at any time to reflect changes affecting our business, including, but not limited to, changes in technology, payment methods and legal and regulatory requirements. I hereby acknowledge that the IOPO does not accept responsibility for anyone acting as a result of information in, or views expressed on, its training courses including course materials. Opinions expressed are those of individual trainers and not necessarily those of the IOPO. Participants should take professional advice when dealing with specific situations.

This agreement and the availability of complaints and appeals processes does not remove the right of the participant to take action under Australia’s consumer protection laws.

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