Passionate Lives founder Trys Reddick recently featured on the ABC News. To view the full segment click the picture below or click here to read further information on our ABC interview as featured on the Mental Health First Aid website.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g the person is suicidal). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. Passionate Lives offers Standard and Youth MHFA courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
Number one regret
After 3 years of facilitating Mental Health First Aid courses covering over 250 participants, the number one regret that everyone shares is that no one told them this information earlier. In the last 3 years we have helped and inspired individuals, groups and corporations to increase their awareness of the people around them displaying warning signs of what could be a mental illness.
Don’t take our word for it, here’s what our customers say
“The instructor was outstanding! It was particularly valuable hearing him share from his own personal experiences. He made an incredible impact!”
“Really positive. I have been telling everyone who attended that it was great and they should attend”.
“Excellent course well presented by knowledgeable instructor”.
“great practical strategies to use when dealing with someone experiencing mental health issues”
Growth and Impact
Passionate Lives is going through an exciting phase in our growth and development in 2018. There are many collaborations we are currently working on which will help us to offer more free or low cost spaces on our courses. For more information on the latest news on our developments click here.
Our promise to you.
Passionate Lives aim is to roll out the MHFA and related courses to all members of the community. Money should never be a barrier to engage in these courses and as such we have just rolled out our brand new scholarship program. If you are in receipt of a Government benefit you could be eligible for a free place on one of our upcoming MHFA for the Suicidal Person courses or generous discounts on the full 2 day course. This is part of our social enterprise initiative and places are given out on a first come, first served basis. For more information click here.
We have recently joined with Kwinana in Transition to run Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person courses for FREE fully funded by the City of Kwinana. Unfortunately all these places have now been filled but we are always sourcing and applying for new funding opportunities. Please check back on the news page for further developments or contact us here to leave an expression of interest for further courses. If you are interested in sponsoring a place or giving as a corporate sponsor click here. We look forward to hearing from you.
Employer Assistance Programme
We are also excited to announce we have partnered with Breathe Counselling to offer reduced rates for an Employer Assistance Programme. For more information on this offer click here or go to their website here.
Do you have poor retention of staff? Are you spending more than you’d like in recruitment, inductions and on-boarding because staff keep leaving? Along with extensive Mental Health experience, Trys has experience in HR / Recruitment and is also Health and Safety trained. He is available for consultancy work at your workplace. He can interview staff in a non confronting, confidential way to get full disclosure and report back suggestions to improve morale at your workplace. Contact us here for more information.
Mental Health First Aid (Standard) goes for 2 days (12 hours) and covers Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Psychosis and Substance Use Disorder. This 2 day course is nationally accredited and allows you to become a workplace Mental Health First Aider. For more information on this course click here or to book a space on the next course click here.
Youth Mental Health Aid goes for 2 days (14 hours) and is for people working with teenagers. The course covers Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Eating Disorders, Psychosis and Substance Use Disorder. This course is also nationally accredited and allows participants to become workplace Mental Health First Aiders. For more information on the course click here or to reserve your space on the next available course click here
Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person (4 hours) is specifically about suicide. The course covers how to identify the signs of suicide, what to say (and what not to say), how to support someone who’s in crisis and explores some of the myths around suicide. For more info on this course click here or to reserve a space in the next available course click here.
Mental Health First Aid for Gambling Problems (4 hours) is a very new course from MHFA (Australia) and looks at how to identify someone may have a gambling problem and how to support them to get help. This course can be done as a stand alone but when combined withe the MHFA for the Suicidal Person course above, there are discounts available. For more info on this course click here or to reserve your space click here.
Teen Mental Health First Aid Course. This course is aimed at adolescents in Years 7-12. The course covers how to support a mate who’s at risk of developing a mental health problem or in crisis, how to talk to them and how to get help from a responsible adult. The course runs over 3 sessions for between 60 – 90 mins depending on the Year they’re in. The course can only be run to existing groups such as schools, sporting clubs or churches etc as part of the safety package that is at the core of what we do. In addition at least 10% of the staff / team that support the teenagers, must have done the Youth MHFA course first in order to ensure the message is consistent once the programme has finished.
We also run events to raise awareness of mental illness such as the Kwinana Arts Festival and podcasts on Entrepreneurship, Faith and Mental Health Training. You can also take our “How mentally healthy are you?” test here
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You sound as though you stress regularly and may benefit from some counselling. Speak to your GP to get a referral and get a Mental Health Care Plan.
You may get anxious occasionally or feel depressed about something. Ensure you look after your mental well being by engaging in activities you enjoy and having a good social network. You may also benefit from some counselling. Speak to your GP to get a referral.
You sound mentally healthy. Ensure you look after yourself, engaging in activities you enjoy and getting plenty of good sleep.
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So why choose Mental Health First Aid?
As part of OH&S compliance most organisations now have a designated First Aider but what about having a Mental Health First Aider?
Mental illness is the biggest cause for long term disability (Disease Burden Survey, 2003) and causes many headaches for employers such as absenteeism, poor work performance and increase in HR workload due to high staff turnovers.
Many organisations are now seeing the benefits in putting their employees through the Nationally Accredited Mental Health First Aid course and having a designated Mental Health First Aider on board. Upskilling existing employees to identify issues with staff before they start affecting their work performance, offer support to staff and support them in getting appropriate professional help can greatly benefit the company and reduce associated costs. Mental Health First Aid Training is recognized by the Australian Counselling Association and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia as accredited Professional Development.
Benefits to employers include
- Happier and more productive staff
- Better staff morale so lower staff attrition rate
- Better reputation among clients and stakeholders
- Less pressure and associated costs from the HR Team
- Lower insurance premiums
- Safer work environment
- More confident staff
The course is well researched across countries and experiences, from mental health professionals to survivors and carers and has benefited everyone no matter whether they are seasoned counsellors, psychiatrists or laymen.
If you are interested in attending a First Aid or Mental Health First Aid in Perth, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and see how we can help meet your needs. We offer a flexible service and can run a bespoke course, tailored to your individual needs or you can book a space on one of our many public courses. For more information, email us at email@example.com or click here to book a space.
We hope you enjoy browsing our site and please don’t forget to leave us some feedback. We look forward to the opportunity of responding to any enquiries you may have.
Who are we?
Passionate Lives was set up by Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Trys Reddick to spread awareness of mental illness through Mental Health First Aid courses and related Accredited and Non Accredited Training. Trys is a Principal Master Trainer who has worked in the community services sector for over 10 years. His understanding of and acquaintance with people struggling with mental health concerns has been extensive and his passion to assist people is obvious.
Trys is the author and publisher of 3 books including “Passionate People”, “Passionate Parents” and “Break the Habit of Depression”. The latter was based on his own journey and includes tips on how we can gain momentum in life using simple strategies that will bring about a lasting recovery.
Passionate Lives is a proud member of the Western Australian Association for Mental Health
For more information on who we are, visit our About Us page.
What People say about our Mental Health First Aid courses
“It is a privilege to have been able to attend the course and to have Trys Reddick as my instructor”
“I thought Trys was a terrific instructor. He took the time and had the patience to explain each section.”
“I found Trys, easy to talk to and very informative. I liked that he used his personal experience with mental health.”
“Trys was very engaging and easy to approach, very knowledgeable”
“Trys was engaging and easy to approach. We had a few people who happened to experience some relevant issues during the two days, and he had encouraged such an environment where the participants were comfortable sharing with everyone.”