Mental Health Training

Training Opportunities

One of Mind HK’s core goals is to raise awareness through workshops, training sessions, and talks, in order to increase awareness and understanding of mental health in Hong Kong.

Mind HK offers various training options, including Mental Health 101 and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). We suggest you to take our Mental Health 101 course prior to taking our MHFA course to gain a basic knowledge of mental health. Completion of MHFA training will lead to being internationally certified in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). We also support ongoing Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for those who work in the education system or with young people.

To see upcoming training dates, please visit our events page here. 

If you are interested in a private training session, please email us at [email protected] 

Mental Health 101 (ENG): 

Our 1 1/2 hour introduction course covers: 

  • The basics of mental health
  • Stigma around mental health
  • The spectrum of mental health, from anxieties, phobias and depression to more severe conditions
  • Self-help treatment options, including wellbeing tips, guided self-help, individual digital interventions and online support
  • Who does what: the difference between counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists
  • How to get help with mental health in Hong Kong and internationally
  • Case examples

*Mental Health 101 sessions are conducted by clinical professionals in the mental health field.

Upcoming Mental Health 101 training sessions: 

May 18 2019 (11-12:30) @Campfire Collaborative Causeway Bay
Sept 7 (10am-1130am) @ Gleneagles Hospital, Wong Chuk Hang (Registration available soon)

Mental Health First Aid (Standard) (ENG)

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone who is developing or experiencing a mental health crisis before he or she can obtain professional treatment. The training, which is a 14-hour, internationally recognised course, is conducted by accredited professionals. A certificate will be awarded to participants with FULL attendance.

MHFA covers:

  • Basic knowledge about common mental health problems and related crisis situations
  • What you can provide as a lay person and When to get help
  • MHFA Action Plans
  • Intervening and managing mental health emergencies as a first responder
    • Panic attacks
    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
    • Addictions
  • Identify the resources available in the local community

*Mental Health 101 is recommended prerequisite to MHFA. Please check our events page for additional trainings later on.

**Completion of this MHFA training will lead to being internationally certified in MHFA.

The next Mental Health First Aid course will run over 2 days in May (May 25 & 26). Registration is available here. Please note this course has very limited spots and we will be offering more opportunities in the future, as we are currently in the process of training clinical professionals to conduct this course.

Upcoming MHFA Training Sessions:

25 & 26 May (10am-5pm) @ Infiniti Lab, Central
June 19,21,26,28 (7-10pm) @ YMCA TST
August 12, 14, 19, 21 (7-10pm) @ YMCA, TST
Sept 28&29 (10am-5pm) @ Gleneagles Hospital, Wong Chuk Hang (Registration available soon)

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Youth Mental Health First Aid course (YMHFA) is for anyone who works with young people up to the age of 24. It is a 14 hours Internationally certified course.

YMHFA focuses on adolescent development and what signs and symptoms to look out for early detaction of mental health problems developing in young people up to the age of 24. As it is a time of growth of the body and mind, risk taking and changes in behaviour. The next YMHFA course will take place in May.  For the May 25&26 training, please register here.

Differences between the standard MHFA and YMHFA courses are: YMHFA focuses on adolescent development (up to age 24 as the brain is still developing), also contains the extra section on Eating Disorders. The standard MHFA course covers gambling in the substance misuse section and the YMHFA course does not. The participant needs to identify which client group that they would like to focus on and register for the most appropriate course. Both use the same action plan.