Mental health first aid training in the workplace: a randomized controlled trial of online and blended modes


Project Details

To evaluate whether Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, delivered in online learning or blended learning (online plus face-to-face) modes, leads to improvements in mental health first aid knowledge, stigmatizing attitudes, confidence in supporting a person in the social network with a mental health problem, and self-reported supportive behaviours if someone in their social network develops a mental health problem. 

Project summary

A trial is being carried out to evaluate eLearning Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training with Victorian public servants. Participants are randomized to receive either MHFA by either eLearning or blended modes, or Red Cross physical first aid training by eLearning (the control). The trial will answer a number of practical questions about the provision of MHFA training in a workplace setting, including whether a face-to-face component is needed in addition to online learning, and how long MHFA accreditation should last before first aiders are required to update their training.


Professor Tony Jorm

Adjunct Professor Betty Kitchener (Mental Health First Aid Australia and Deakin University)

Associate Professor Nicola Reavley

Stefan Cvetkovski

Julie Fischer


NHMRC Project Grant

Research Group

Population Mental Health

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Mental Health

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