Mental Health First Aid Stories

Learn about the real stories behind mental health first aid conversations from the people who are having them.

What Are Mental Health First Aid Stories?

Mental illness does not discriminate and those affected come from diverse backgrounds, live in every community, attend local schools, are employed in every workplace and are at different ages and stages of life.

Stories can be a powerful tool. By sharing our personal stories, whether they are lived experiences, a mental health first aid conversation in action, or the positive of Mental Health First Aid training amongst a community, we can help to reduce stigma, increase awareness of mental health problems.

We all have a story to tell.

Mental Health First Aid Stories shares different people’s experiences of demonstrating skills learned from Mental Health First Aid training. These Stories explore how Mental Health First Aid training may help to support a family member, friend, colleague who may be experiencing a mental health problem. 

SARAH’S STORY

When her youngest daughter Siobhan started high school, Sarah started to see her daughter withdraw from her friends and family.

“It has been hard to watch Siobhan, but the skills from the Youth Mental Health First Aid course I attended last year have really helped with learning some practical skills I can do to best support my her.

DANIEL’S STORY

Daniel’s workmate Steven was let go at work due to downsizing of the company they were both working at. A couple of months after he was let go, Daniel started to notice some changes in Steven’s behaviour.

 “I think the moment I realised that Steven was going through something clicked when I attended the Mental Health First Aid course this year. Before that, there were all these changes in his behaviour and I just thought he was annoyed at me.”

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Lauren’s Story

Lauren’s Story

Home / Mental Health First Aid StoriesThe Transformative Power of Mental Health First Aid Training - Lauren's Story June 30, 2023 My name is Lauren, and I live in Adelaide. I work as a graphic designer and digital marketer at Company. It's been an incredible three...

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Harry’s Story

Harry’s Story

“I knew I had to help him – everyone was just walking past this man who clearly needed help”

In her own words, Harry reflects on a time when she put her Mental Health First Aid skills to use to a stranger in need.

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 To ensure that we respect participant’s privacy, all identifying details and information will be de-identified before publishing.

All of your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. 

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 To ensure that we respect participant’s privacy, all identifying details and information will be de-identified before publishing.

All of your personal information will be handled in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles. 

You can read out Privacy Policy here.

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