Mental Health First Aid for Legal Professionals

Course ID CV201103_PSK1

  • Online
  • 5
  • Foundation

Would you know how to assist a co-worker who was experiencing a mental health problem?

In Australia, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness in any given year.

Early recognition of signs and symptoms can lead to a return to usual performance quickly and can alleviate the problems worsening. It is important that multiple people within your firm know how to assist. With thanks to Legal Super, you can now access Mental Health First Aid Australia’s (MHFAA) blended MHFA training course that has been specifically tailored to legal workplaces.

This program is can also be delivered as inhouse training in your firm. MHFA Training should be encouraged across seniority, departments and genders to ensure diversity of support.

Please note:

  • The workshops for this course run from 1.30 – 4.00PM AEDT over two days.
  • You must complete the six-hour online (eLearning) component before attending the first workshop.

This initiative is proudly supported by:

All times listed for this course are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT). Please take note of any time differences if you are registering from QLD, WA, SA, NT or from outside Australia.

This course is now full. Please contact Client Services on 02 9965 7111 or at to be added to the waitlist.


Full Price $295.00


Start date:

30 November 2020

End date:

01 December 2020


1:30 PM AEDT - 4:00 PM



About This Course


This course is a combination of a six-hour online (eLearning) component and two x 2.5 hour follow on virtual training sessions that teach managers, supervisors and individuals how to assist a co-worker who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The eLearning component of the program will cover:

  • Developing mental health problems:
  • Depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance use problems and eating disorders

Mental health crises:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe psychotic states, severe effects from alcohol or other drug use and aggressive behaviours.

Note: The e-learning component must be completed before to attending the first virtual workshop.

From the workshops component, you will:

  • Learn how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems and crises in your employees and co-workers
  • Understand risk factors and appropriate evidence-based treatments and supports
  • Learn how to respond and offer appropriate support to employees and co-workers using the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan ALGEE

If you are interested in providing training for your firm, contact us to coordinate everything from enrolment to completion. The course can be delivered on-site in your offices or in our Melbourne campus.

For more information or please contact Fiona Turner, Executive Director, Victoria.

D: +61 3 8689 8617
M: +61 0414 760 465

This initiative is proudly supported by:


Designed for

All lawyers and non legal staff working within a legal environment


Mandatories Covered

This course complies with the mandatory requirement of professional skills and practice management.


Presenter biography

Desi Vlahos, Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Lecturer at the College of Law.

Desi is an Australian Legal Practitioner and Lecturer at The College of Law (Vic). She was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 and has practiced in mid-tier, suburban and private firms. In 2013 Desi completed a Graduate Diploma of Education with a focus on her passions in literature and drama and regularly draws upon these as mediums of class engagement. As a certified mental health first aid trainer, Desi is a strong advocate for mental health, the well-being of new lawyers and the profession as a whole.


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