FRIENDS OF MHFA UPDATE

Welcome to the second update of 2022.

It is hard to believe that we are already a quarter of the way through the new year. Thankfully, a sense of normalcy seems to be returning as we learn to live and adapt in this post-COVID world. For the team at Mental Health First Aid, we’re pleased that we can finally return to face-to-face course delivery and recommence our Instructor Training Programs.

In this update, as always, we’ve included case studies that showcase the amazing work that is happening in workplaces, schools, and communities across the country. We’re incredibly proud and thankful of the ongoing commitment of Australian workplaces and community groups, both big and small, to improve mental health literacy and to create mentally healthier communities.

We hope you enjoy our April update.

Thank you.

Shannon Anderson

CEO Mental Health First Aid Australia

NEW MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID ARTICLES

Women and mental health across the lifespan

On the 8th March we celebrated International Women’s Day and this year’s theme was “Break the Bias”. We reflected on the ways in which girls and women are restricted by bias, stereotypes and discrimination – including in mental health care and the environments we live, work and socialise in. 

In this article we take a look at the different issues that can affect women throughout their lifespan – from childhood and adolescence, through to adulthood and into old age.

OUR COURSES

Cultural context matters

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid®

To hold genuine, practical prevention and interventions for mental health problems, we must remember the importance of cultural context. For Mental Health First Aid, this means acknowledging factors such as cultural heritage, belief systems, local languages, culturally relevant imagery, social norms and traditions, and community networks.

The courses offered across our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) program are developed, reviewed and delivered by and in consultation with First Nations peoples. This provides much needed cultural context to community-based care.

This article explores this program and the courses within it and explains the factors that set our training apart.

VIDEOS & RESOURCES

What’s behind a Mental Health First Aid® conversation? 

Sharing content from our courses, we look at a range of different scenarios and break down the steps and skills needed to have a successful mental health conversation with someone you are concerned about.

In this video you will meet Debbie, a young Aboriginal woman, who has been studying at university away from her family and community. She has arrived late to her football practice session, and after spending some time chatting with her, her coach feels the need to engage in a mental health first aid conversation. 

We’ve broken down the full conversation to illustrate the importance of the words you use and the approach you take when having a mental health first aid conversation.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID IN THE WORKPLACE AND COMMUNITY

Toll Group

Driving positive change with a large and mobile workforce. 

In Australia, the transport and logistics sector is one of a number of ‘high-risk’ industries when it comes to rates of suicide, incidence of mental illness and psychological distress. Workplace-based peer-to-peer care, has a significant role to play in this area. 

Toll Group, one of Australia’s largest transport and logistics companies, recognised that for staff to be safe and supported they must take into account physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing, and provide accessible supports at work. Around 800 staff have trained as MHFAiders®, and the organisation has embedded the program into their wellbeing practices by appointing dedicated MHFA Officers across different sites. 

Read more in our in-depth case study.

Hawthorn Amateur Football Club

Wings Program – soaring above with positive mental health and Mental Health First Aid.  

In 2010, Hawthorn Amateur Football Club’s Wings Program was established to ensure players, families, friends and volunteers had access to appropriate mental health support and services. Each year, a new group of members complete Mental Health First Aid training and become dedicated Wings Ambassadors within the club.

Currently, Hawthorn Amateur Football Club shows no signs of slowing down and continues to act as a champion for mental health awareness within the community sports setting. Learn more about the Hawthorn Amateur Football Club’s Wings Program in our in-depth case study.

NEWS & EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Mental Health First Aid in the Future of Work

Join us for this online event to connect with other workplaces and hear about their experiences of implementing and supporting the delivery of Mental Health First Aid training during lockdown.

You will also hear from a panel of Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace representatives as they share their insights and strategies to sustainably manage hybrid working models in the future.

Not an MHFAider yet?

Find a course that suits you and learn the skills to make a difference. 

Latest Mental Health First Aid Articles

Covering a wide range of current and topical issues and taking a closer look at some of the common types of mental health problems, our articles are the perfect way to enhance your knowledge and understanding.

Take a look at what’s currently available.

Do you have a story to share?

Throughout 2022, we will be sharing more stories about Mental Health First Aid and the importance of good mental health. This will include stories from individuals who have completed our training and workplaces and community groups that are implementing Mental Health First Aid Courses within their organisations.

 If you are interested in sharing your MHFA story, send us an email and we’ll be in touch.

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