Mental Health First Aid 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 MHFA courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
Passionate Lives exists to run mental health training and personal development courses such as Mental Health First Aid and First Aid from our offices in Perth, Western Australia. 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.
How often do you feel anxious?
How often do you have poor sleep?
How often do you feel so unhappy you can’t shake the feeling?
How often do you avoid situations that may cause you anxiety?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to book a space.
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Who are we?
Passionate Lives was set up by Trys Reddick to spread awareness of mental illness through the Mental Health First Aid courses and related Accredited and Non Accredited Training. Trys was diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Social Phobia and Agoraphobia aged 14 and for the next 10 years would be a virtual recluse. During that time he had many friends with Bi-Polar, Psychosis, Substance Use Disorder and Self Harm and lost 5 people to suicide.
After a life changing experience at the age of 25, he started to fight back and made a full recovery , taking the momentous decision in 2007 to emigrate to Australia. After studying for a Diploma in Community Work, he got a job in Employment Services, managing a site in Rockingham, WA before quitting to become an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer in 2015.
During his time in Employment Services, he was able to use his own story to inspire and empower his clients to see their own worth and support them in to finding meaningful employment. He often found himself with clients with long term unemployment, drug or alcohol issues, mental health or homelessness and often used his story to motivate and encourage his clients to not give up.
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 also 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.”