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Mental Health First Aid

May 14 @ 8:00 am - May 15 @ 5:00 pm

It might seem quiet on the DAD front these last few months while we have taken a bit of time to recharge and regroup.

In the background we have been putting together an event we have been wanting to offer the DAD community for a long time – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). 

DAD’s mission has always been to support mental wellness through the freedom of driving. Conversations are started and individual stories are shared at our events and from there, we encourage the extension of these with mates and a professional.

As we encourage our community to reach out to mates to ask “are you okay?”, the question has often remained: what if the answer is “no”? Sometimes the fear of saying ‘the wrong thing’ or not feeling equipped to respond in a meaningful way can put us off asking the question, and where we are trusted with a friend sharing their story of crisis and reaching to us for help, it can feel daunting to know how to handle this. Enter Mental Health First Aid. 


What is Mental Health First Aid?


We know that each year, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness. While physical first aid is accepted as an important skill, most of us don’t know how to offer that same level of support for mental health. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches the skills to help someone you are concerned about.

It covers a variety of situations and just like physical health first aid, it addresses how to keep ourselves safe while supporting someone in crisis. MHFA courses are evidence-based and reflect best practice in mental health first aid with the purpose to:

– Improve knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatment and appropriate first aid strategies. 
– Offer confidence in providing first aid to a person experiencing a mental health crisis. 
– Decrease stigmatising attitudes. 
– Increase the amount and types of support provided to others. 


What Does MHFA Look Like with DAD? 


DAD has 20 fully funded places available to offer our community to participate in accredited MHFA training. 

The details are: 

When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May
Times: 9:00am arrival, 9:15am commencement, 5:00pm conclusion (times will be confirmed closer to the day).
Where: The offices of Gallagher in East Melbourne.
Facilitator: Brianna Cattanach is the Principal of National Education and Training (Risk Advisory) at Gallagher and is an accredited MHFA trainer. We’re very fortunate to have her facilitating the sessions for us. 
The training: Two days of training covering the complete MHFA course, participant resources and the MHFA manual. 
Meals: Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included. 
Content: Please be aware that the content of the course covers anxiety, depression, substance use and abuse, psychosis and also touches on suicide. 
Aim: For participants to be able to respond to those in crisis in a helpful way. There is no expectation to diagnose or treat mental illnesses. 

How to Participate

If you’d like to join this training event please email your interest to Sarah via connect@driveagainstdepression.com.au .

Could you please also include any dietary requirements. The session capacity is 20, we will respond to all expressions of interest with confirmation of enrolment. 


May 14 @ 8:00 am
May 15 @ 5:00 pm
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Sarah Davis


L4/289 Wellington Parade S,
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002 Australia
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