Mental Health First Aid Course

Mental Health First Aid Course


Session Date: 30 Jul 2016
Session Time: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM

About This Event

Hi Volunteers,
Due to request, we have changed the format of this course, to a ONE day course only. This training is still being provided exclusive to our volunteers free of charge.

This training will provide a brief introduction to Mental Health First Aid.

You must be able to commit to the full day of training, 10:30am-4:30pm.


The training will be run by Geoffrey Ahern (B.Nurs/GradCertCC/MastHlthSci./DipTh.).

ipro-1417Geoff Ahern is a Master MHFA Instructor and Senior Mental Health Clinician with extensive experience in Emergency and Trauma nursing, Rural Nursing, Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Psychiatric nursing, having worked in both the public and private sectors. As an educator Geoff has been involved in one to one mentoring and staff inservices right through to full-time lecturing at a tertiary level. Geoff works as a freelance educator with Newcastle University, Hunter Institute of Mental Health and Hunter Community College as well as running the MHFA course to private organisations. Geoff has been contracted to run the MHFA course for small community groups right through to senior managers with DADHC. As well as running the MHFA courses Geoff works with Victorian Police in Melbourne on a pilot project where he goes out with police on the road to attend jobs that police are called to that involve a person’s mental health. Rather than the client being taken to the ED, sometimes against their will, Geoff assesses them with the police wherever they might be, at home, at a train station, at work etc. This approach reduces the stress on the client and if by chance they need admission to hospital, this can be facilitated direct to the mental health unit avoiding busy, noisy and chaotic emergency departments. Geoff is a passionate and creative instructor, bringing to his classes stories and experiences that give life and meaning to the subject areas that are taught in this course. Don’t expect a boring two days of theory, expect to have fun, be entertained, and know that you’ll walk away feeling positive and optimistic about helping others with mental health problems (there’s a pretty good chance you’ll feel better about your own mental health too).

* All volunteers can register.  Note, due to limited availability, if we’re oversubscribed preference will be given to volunteers who have run two or more sessions with The Water Well Project.


This session capacity is 20 Volunteers from The Water Well Project.
There are currently 14 available places open to Volunteers.

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