Be Mental Health + First Aid Ready with NBCC


Mental health is increasingly a focus for people of all ages from the very young to older people, and just how to manage this is a mystery to most.

The Northern Beaches Community College (NBCC) offers courses in Mental Health First Aid and traditional first aid, ideal for individuals, carers, businesses and community groups.

With campuses in Brookvale and Narrabeen, the college courses are affordable, accessible and can dovetail with your other commitments.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is designed to teach people about the signs and symptoms of 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.

It’s not a therapy or support group, but an education course to learn how to give first aid to others. It looks into developing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use problems.  Mental health situations that are considered in the course include suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, sometimes called deliberate self-harm, panic attacks, traumatic events, severe effects of drug or alcohol use, severe psychotic states and aggressive behaviours.

Students must be aged 18 or over and the course is classroom based over two days, six hours per day, or four, three-hour evening sessions -  and costs $280 (GST exempt). Courses are already planned for February and April. Participants can opt to do an online assessment to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider and there are further training opportunities.

The college also offers a traditional First Aid Course - HLTAID003. This will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty. The unit applies to all workers who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

There are two parts to this training – a Theory Component requiring two to four hours of online home study to be completed before the practical training day.

The practical day of training covers skills and scenarios including CPR and response to emergency situations. Practical and multiple choice written assessments are held during the day. First Aid training must be updated every three years and CPR training must be updated annually.

There is also a course ideally designed for care workers entitled - Provide an Emergency First Aid Response in an Education & Care Setting (HLTAID004).

It’s been developed for teachers and carers to give them the skills and knowledge needed to provide first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, in a range of situations, in an education and care setting. It’s the appropriate course for childcare workers.

The various first aid courses are planned regularly throughout the year although this depends on registration numbers. The cost is $99 to $110 per person. Customised training is also offered to groups of 10 or more participants.

Enrol now for these courses this year. 
Contact NBCC on 9970 1000

Narrabeen Campus:
1525 Pittwater Rd, North Narrabeen NSW 2101

Brookvale Campus:
Level 1/14 William Street, Brookvale 2100