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Mental Health First Aid for Legal Professionals

Course ID WA230202_PSK1

  • Online
  • 5
  • All

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

In Australia, 1 in 5 people will experience mental illness in any given year. Lawyers suffer from higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance use problems and stress than the general population.

In this Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, you will learn techniques for:

  • recognising the signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or crisis,
  • approaching a colleague or friend to have a conversation about their mental health; and
  • informing them about the support and resources available to assist.

The key to better mental health outcomes is early recognition of issues and a safe and supportive workplace. MHFA training is recommended for staff at all levels of seniority and across all departments. This course is tailored to legal workplaces and the workshop sessions are facilitated by experienced legal professionals.

Please note:

  • The virtual live workshops for this course will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 14 February 2023 and Thursday 16 February 2023 from 1.30pm to 4.00pm AEDT each day.
  • You must complete the six-hour online (eLearning) component before attending the first workshop.

  • The instructor-led virtual sessions are live meetings conducted over the internet using video conferencing software. The instructor needs to see and hear you for you to participate. Therefore, you must have access to a camera and a microphone.

Legal Super - Mental Health First Aid - College of Law

The eLearning component is provided via Legalsuper.


Full Price $249.00


Start date:

14 February 2023

End date:

16 February 2023


1.30pm AEDT - 4.00pm AEDT


Delivered online, this course will teach you how to help a co-worker

experiencing mental health challenges. It includes 6 hours of self-guided learning eLearning followed by two 2.5-hour live workshop sessions.

You will be receiving:

  1. A voucher for the eLearning component
  2. A MHFA hardcopy manual after the virtual workshop

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 two 2.5-hour live, virtual 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


Designed For

The College encourages MHFA Training across seniority, departments and genders to ensure diversity of support. This course is for all lawyers and non-legal staff working within a legal environment.



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 at our campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

For more information, please contact Kerry Nguyen, Business Development Manager, The College of Law.

D: +61 03 8689 8631
E: Knguyen@collaw.edu.au


Time Zone

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.


WA Practitioners

Practitioners holding WA practising certificates are eligible to earn CPD points for this course. For instructions to earn CPD points, please click here.


Claiming CPD units

If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.

If you hold a Western Australian practising certificate, please refer to the ‘WA Practitioners’ section above as to whether you are eligible to earn CPD points for this activity.


Mandatories Covered

Practice management and business skills


Presenter biography

Andrea Phillips
Andrea Phillips

Adjunct Lecturer, The College of Law and Tutor, Monash University

As an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law, Andrea is also a Teaching Associate and Mindfulness Tutor at Monash University. She holds degrees in Law and Psychology. With a passion for health and wellbeing in the workplace, Andrea is a Mental Health First Aid Trainer who understands the stresses and demands faced by lawyers working in the profession. Her expertise and techniques, combined with Mental Health First Aid Australia research and scientific studies, allow her to deliver an exceptional program that will teach Partners, Lawyers and employees based in legal firms and organisations how to assist those experiencing a mental health problem.


Filming and Photography

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