Mental Health First Aid Course
 

What is Mental Health First Aid?

First Aid is the help given to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is a basic training course for members of the public to have certain skills to help someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis situation. The philosophy behind the course is that mental health crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention with people developing mental disorders. If crises do arise, then members of the public can take action to reduce the harms that could result.

 
Who Should Attend?
Mental Health First Aid is for anyone interested in learning how to recognize symptoms of mental health problems, offer and provide initial help, and guide a person toward appropriate treatments and other supportive help.  Currently, we have over 1,500 staff and students from HKUST completed this course with certificate granted to award their commitment.
 
What you can learn from MHFA:
The trainer of the 12-hour MHFA course will teach you how to provide initial support to people with mental health problem or people experiencing mental health crisis.
It will cover:
- Basic knowledge of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and substance use disorder;
- Possible crisis arising from these mental health problems (e.g. suicidal behaviors, acute psychotic behaviors, acute stress reactions) and the necessary intervention;
- How to provide early intervention and appropriate support to the one involved before the situation gets worse;
- Community resources and professional services available in Hong Kong.
 

Quotes from past MHFA courses:

“Very useful skills of MHFA. Many practical case analysis. Experienced instructors.” -- Nov 2010
”The activities can engage me to deeper understanding of the topic and how to approach and communicate with people. Overall speaking, it is a very good program. It should be introduced to more people!” -- Nov 2011
“Really appreciate colleagues' well prepared and professional training. Thank you very much!” -- Jan 2012
“I think the aspects I expected are attainable & the workshop is much better than what I expect. I meet the best instructors here among this academic year!” -- July 2012
“Very practical, instructors gave clear examples of how to handle specific situation/ behavior/ disorders.” AND “Can learn more about mental health and build up a right attitude towards the people who suffer from the illness.” -- Jan 2013

 
Participants will be awarded an Official Certificate issued by The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong with recognition by Mental Health First Aid, Australia upon successful completion of the training.
For details about MHFA, please visit http://www.mhfa.com.au/ (Official website in Australia) and  http://www.mhfa.org.hk/ (Official website in Hong Kong).
 
You may refer here for a Quick Reference Guide for handling students in personal difficulties.
 
On-Campus Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course
 
Academic Year 2016-2017
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)

11, 13, 18 & 20 Jul 2017

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

Cantonese

MHFA Course for Staff

15, 22, 29 Mar & 5 Apr 2017

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Students

16 & 23 Feb, 2 & 9 Mar 2017

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

Cantonese

MHFA Course for Students

4, 5 Jan 2017

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Students

17, 19, 24 & 26 Jan 2017

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Staff

3, 10, 17 & 24 Nov 2016

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Students

1, 8, 15, & 22 Nov 2016

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Students

3 & 10 Sep 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Students
(For Peer Mentors)

15 & 16 Aug 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

Cantonese

MHFA Course for Students
(For Peer Mentors)

8, 9 Aug 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

English

MHFA Course for Staff
(For Hall Tutors)

7, 8 Jul 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)

Cantonese

MHFA Course for Students
(For Peer Mentors)

 
Academic Year 2015-2016
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)
25 & 26 May 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese

MHFA Course for Staff

30 Mar, 6, 13 & 20 Apr 2016

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

21 & 22 Jan 2016

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students
(For Peer Counselors)

14 & 15 Dec 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Staff

6, 13, 20 & 27 Oct 2015

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

12 & 19 Sep 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)

28 Aug & 4 Sep 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

 
Academic Year 2014-2015
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)
17 & 18 Aug 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Staff
(For Hall Tutors)

4 & 5 Aug 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese

MHFA Course for Students
(For School of Science Peer Mentors)

10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul 2015

14:00 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Course for Students
(For School of Science Peer Mentors)
4 & 5 Jun 2015 9:30 - 17:00 Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Course for Students
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
2 & 3 Jun 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese

MHFA Course for Students

20 & 21 May 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese

MHFA Course for Staff

24 & 25 Mar 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

10 & 12 Feb 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Putonghua

MHFA Course for Students

31 Jan & 7 Feb 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students
(For Peer Counselors)


15 & 22 Jan 2015

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

11 & 12 Dec 2014

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Staff

12 & 19 Nov 2014

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English

MHFA Course for Students

14 & 21 Oct 2014

9:30 - 17:00

Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Course for Students
(精神健康
急救課程)
6 & 13 Sep 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English MHFA Course for Students
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
 
Academic Year 2013-2014 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)
11 & 12 Aug 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
6 & 7 Aug 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 5003
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)

(For School of Science Peer Mentors)
26 Jun & 3 Jul 2014 9:30 - 17:00 SCI/HOME
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)

(For School of Science Peer Mentors)
23 & 24 Jun 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
16 & 17 Jun 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 6581
(via Lifts 27-28)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
12 & 13 Jun 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2465
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
28 Apr & 5 May 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4480
(via Lifts 25-26)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
4, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 2014 9:30 - 12:30 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
29 & 30 Jan 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2463
(via Lifts 25-26)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
21 & 29 Jan 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4619
(via Lifts 31-32)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
16 & 23 Jan 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2463
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
7 & 14 Jan 2014 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2463
(via Lifts 25-26)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
9 & 16 Nov 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2612A
(via Lifts 31-32)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
15 & 16 Oct 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2306
(via Lifts 17-18)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
14 & 21 Sep 2013 9:30 - 17:00

Room 1511
(via Lifts 27-28)

English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
Academic Year 2012-2013 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)
26 & 27 Aug 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4621
(via Lifts 31-32)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Business and Management Peer Mentors)
16 & 23 Aug 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4621
(via Lifts 31-32)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
6 & 7 Aug 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4621
(via Lifts 31-32)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
11 & 12 Jul 2013 9:30 - 17:00 SCI/HOME Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Science Peer Mentors)
6 & 7 Jun 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Business and Management Peer Mentors)
3 & 4 Jun 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
29 & 30 Jan 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
22 & 29 Jan 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3007
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
16 & 23 Jan 2013 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
10 & 17 Nov 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2302
(via Lifts 17-18)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
31 Aug & 7 Sep 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3006
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Engineering Peer Mentors)
Academic Year 2011-2012 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
(click program name for registration and details)
20 & 21 Aug 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
16 & 17 Jul 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2302
(via Lifts 17-18)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
(For School of Science Peer Mentors)
5 & 13 Jul 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3006
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
8 & 15 Jun 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2302
(via Lifts 17-18)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
24 Feb & 2 Mar 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2612A
(via Lifts 31-32)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
12 & 13 Jan 2012 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)

29 & 30 Dec 2011

9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
5 & 12 Nov 2011 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4006
(via Lift 4)
Putonghua

MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors and Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)

15 & 22 Oct 2011 9:30 - 17:00

Room 4006
(via Lift 4)

Cantonese

MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors and Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)

 
Academic Year 2010-2011 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
18 & 19 Aug 2011 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
4 & 5 Aug 2011 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4333
(via Lift 3)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
11, 18, 25 Mar &
1 Apr 2011
14:00 - 17:00 Room 2404
(via Lifts 17-18)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
16, 19 Feb 2011 9:30 - 17:00

Room 3401
(via Lifts 17-18)

English MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
11, 13, 18, 20 Jan 2011 14:00 - 17:00 Room 2463
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonse MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
13 & 20 Nov 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2612A
(via Lifts 31-32)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
30 Oct & 13 Nov 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 1511
(via Lifts 27-28)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
13, 20 Nov 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2612A
(via Lifts 31-32)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
9 & 16 Oct 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 2612A
(via Lifts 31-32)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
 
Academic Year 2009-2010 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
20, 27 Aug 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
7, 9, 14, 16 Jul 2010 14:00 - 17:00 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
6, 8, 13, 15 Jul 2010 9:30 - 12:30 Room 4503
(via Lifts 25-26)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
22 Jun 2010 14:00 - 17:00 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Refresher Course for Staff
(精神健康急救進修課程)
3, 4 Jun 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3405
(via Lifts 17-18)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
19 Mar & 9 Apr 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3405
(via Lifts 17-18)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
5, 12 Mar 2010 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3405
(via Lifts 17-18)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Peer Counselors
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
19, 21, 26, 28 Jan 2010 14:00 - 17:00 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
17, 18, 21, 22 Dec 2009 14:00 - 17:00 Room 1504
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
 
Academic Year 2008-2009 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
17 & 18 Aug 2009 9:30 - 17:00

Room 3008
(via Lifts 3-4)

Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
12 & 13 Aug 2009 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4001
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
14, 16, 21, 23 Jul 2009 14:00 - 17:00 Room 4006
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
26, 27 May 2009 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3008
(via Lifts 3-4)
English MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
3, 12 Mar 2009 9:30 - 17:00 Room 3008
(via Lifts 3-4)
Putonghua MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
17, 24, 31 Oct & 7 Nov 2008 14:00 - 17:00 Room 4480
(via Lifts 25-26)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
 
Academic Year 2007-2008 (Please click here for more details)
Date Time Venue Language Program
23 & 25 Jan 2008 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4001
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students & Staff
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
31 May & 1 Jun 2007 9:30 - 17:00 Room 4001
(via Lift 4)
Cantonese MHFA Standard Training Course for Students
(精神健康急救基礎課程)
 
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