FRIENDS OF MHFA UPDATE

As we approach the mid-way point of the year, I’d like to personally thank our amazing community for their endless passion, commitment and work in supporting those experiencing mental health problems.

In this update we feature some incredible articles, including an exploration of men’s health and the relationship between mental health and sports. We also feature two case studies that showcase how Mental Health First Aid® (MHFA™) training is being embedded in the area of East Gippsland and Macedon Ranges Shire. 

We hope you enjoy our June update.

Thank you.

Shannon Anderson
CEO Mental Health First Aid Australia

New Mental Health First Aid articles

Positive mental health conversations 

To successfully provide mental health first aid we need to focus on supportive conversations. Words are powerful. The right words, at the right time can be life changing and may even save a life. The key to a mental health first aid conversation is not just what we say, but also in how we connect with someone else and listen to them.

This article provides some conversation starters and a list of practical dos and don’ts for a successful mental health conversation. 

    Exploring men’s mental health

    Last week was Men’s Health Week internationally.

    A time for us to consider the physical, mental, social and emotional health of men and boys, and what can be done to improve their collective and individual well-being outcomes.

    Learn more about the issues impacting boys and men from all walks of life, and tips for supporting our male partners, friends and family members.

    Mental health first aid in sports

    Exercise, fresh air, social connectedness, can all have positive impact on physical, mental and social well-being.  Sporting teams, clubs and associations can also be a great place to give and receive mental health support.

    Mental Health First Aid Australia is pleased to work with many sporting and fitness organisations, and to witness the increasing role of sports in mental health literacy and skills in the community. 

    Learn more about how sporting and fitness clubs and teams are building local community capacity to support those who are experiencing mental health problems.

    Defining anxiety and anxiety disorders

    Anxiety impacts millions of Australians every year and while anxiety disorders might be common, they can vary greatly from person to person and significantly affect the way a person feels and interacts with the world around them.

    There is more to anxiety than you might think. Read our article to learn more.

    Mental Health First Aid in the Workplace and Community

    Macedon Ranges Shire

    Congratulations to Macedon Ranges Shire on becoming the second community to be recognised as a Mental Health First Aid Champion Community. Macedon Ranges Shire has demonstrated their commitment to improving mental health literacy and increasing community supports and resilience through implementation of the award-winning Live4Life mental health education and youth suicide prevention model.

    To learn more about Macedon Ranges Shire’s commitment to Mental Health First Aid training, read our in-depth case study.

    East Gippsland Drug and Alcohol Prevention Alliance
    & Local Drug Action Team

    Facilitated by the East Gippsland Primary Care Partnership, the East Gippsland Drug and Alcohol Prevention Alliance (DAPA) was created to reduce youth mental ill-health including alcohol and other drug related problems.  

    Since adopting Teen Mental Health First Aid® as a key component of their harm minimisation strategy, DAPA have trained 15 staff in 6 local schools as Teen MHFA™ Instructors and over 130 students have participated in Teen MHFA training.

    Through demonstrating a solid commitment to MHFA Instructor training, this work continues to evolve and has the potential to reach thousands of secondary school students.

    Read more about East Gippsland DAPA’s MHFA training journey in our case study. 

    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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