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Drugs and Alcohol (Drug and Alcohol Counselling Online, The First Stop)

Drugs and Alcohol (Drug and Alcohol Counselling Online, The First Stop)

This is one in a series of blog posts describing some of the support services available in Australia.

If you are in a crisis situation, or life is at risk, please call 000 immediately.

You can read our other blog posts on Family Violence services, Homelessness servicesMental Illness and Suicide Prevention Services and Gambling support services.

Drug and Alcohol Counselling Online

Who is this service aimed towards?

Drug and Alcohol Counselling Online is a 24/7 online support service for those suffering with alcohol or drug abuse across Australia. The service is 100% free and confidential.

With several support options available, users can find useful articles about addiction, as well as perform self-assessments directed to the detection of potential alcohol abuse, potential drug abuse, and depression and anxiety.

This service will help people of all ages and in all stages who:

  • Have never received treatment, but are willing to for the first time
  • Are currently in treatment or recovery, and need support from people in similar situations
  • Have been through a bad experience with drug or alcohol abuse, and want to support others
  • Have had a relapse and are seeking help
  • Are caring for someone who’s battling drug or alcohol abuse

How to get in touch?

There are a lot of ways you can reach Drug and Alcohol Counselling Online. You can:


What kind of support services do they offer?

Counselling Online gives people who need support with drug and alcohol abuse diverse tools to cope with their addiction. Their assistance is suitable for everyone.

  • There are self-help modules available to those who aren’t sure where to start, but want to begin their recovery journey the right way.
  • Users can browse through support articles and stories that’ll help you learn more about yourself and your condition (or someone else’s condition)
  • The service’s SMS support text-based program provides inspirational and motivational tips to anyone who signs up.

By registering to the platform, users can access all services and track their progress.

For additional information, visit


Remember, if you are in a crisis situation, or need immediate support, please call 000.

We also offer counselling and coaching support. For a free, confiedntial discussion about how me can help you, click here to make a time for us to chat, or call us directly on 0493 063 530.

Homelessness (Melbourne City Mission, Vincent Care)

Homelessness (Melbourne City Mission, Vincent Care)

This is one in a series of blog posts describing some of the support services available in Australia.

If you are in a crisis situation, or life is at risk, please call 000 immediately.

You can read our other blog posts on Family Violence services, Drug and Alcohol suport services, Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Services and Gambling support services.

Melbourne City Mission (MCM)

Who is this service aimed towards?

Melbourne City Mission (MCM) offers innovative support and housing for young people going through homelessness, as well as encourages them to find better, safer opportunities to live a life that’s free of barriers.

By delivering their services to both individuals and families across Melbourne and surrounding areas, MCM favors urgent care to those who would otherwise lead to disadvantageous futures–regardless of color, religion, beliefs, or backgrounds.

Their leadership team works with youngsters experiencing homelessness due to:

  • Domestic violence
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Trauma

If a young person has run away from home due to a lack of care or being in danger and needs immediate help, they’re welcome to reach Melbourne City Mission for assistance.

How to get in touch?

You may directly contact MCM by calling 03 9977 0000. Alternatives include:

  • Send an email to
  • Write to the following address: Melbourne Law Courts, PO Box 13210

All calls are answered during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). For help outside of office hours, reach their lifeline for 24-hour support by calling 13 11 14

For urgent assistance, call 03 9977 0000.

What kind of support services do they offer?

Besides services MCM offers a range of services, all of which are listed below.

  • Early Years (early childhood education services, including kindergarten and long daycare)
  • Disability and NDIS (as a registered NDIS provider)
  • Learning courses (at the The Hester Hornbrook Academy independent school)
  • Palliative Care (medical, nursing, health and consulting services for those debilitated by illness)
  • Justice (assistance for men and women who are currently in custody or at risk of entering the custodial system)

For more information, go to .


Who is this service aimed towards?

VincentCare provides housing, support, care, and hope for people of all ages experiencing homelessness.

The institution is located in Victoria, and it’s the leading provider in the region with the aim of creating change and opportunities for the most vulnerable. Inclusivity and diversity are among their core values.

The service accommodates:

  • People of all ages and families who are currently struggling with homelessness
  • People of all ages and families at risk for primary homelessness

How to get in touch?

Get in touch with VincentCare by calling 1800 825 955 (for housing and crisis accommodation) or 1800 015 188 (for family or domestic violence).

Or, you can:

If you have any urgent inquiries, contact their main support line (1800 825 955).

What kind of support services do they offer?

VincentCare helps men, women, children, families, young people, and ageing people in a number of ways. They provide:

Find more information at


Remember, if you are in a crisis situation, or need immediate support, please call 000.

We also offer counselling and coaching support. For a free, confiedntial discussion about how me can help you, click here to make a time for us to chat, or call us directly on 0493 063 530.

Family Violence (1800 Respect, No To Violence)

Family Violence (1800 Respect, No To Violence)

This is one in a series of blog posts describing some of the support services available in Australia.

If you are in a crisis situation, or life is at risk, please call 000 immediately.

You can read our other blog posts on Homelessness services, Drug and Alcohol support services, Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention Services and Gambling support services.

1800 Respect

Who is this service aimed towards?

1800 Respect is a national sexual assault and domestic family violence consulting service. It operates 24/7 in order to assist and encourage people suffering from domestic violence, family violence, sexual assault, or any kind of abuse taking place at home, someone else’s home, or public places.

You may contact 1800 Respect in the following cases:

  • You’re a child seeking help to deal with abusive or negligent parents.
  • You’re a child, man, or woman of any age who has been sexually abused.
  • You’re a wife or husband suffering domestic violence from your partner, whether that’s physical, verbal, or psychological.
  • You’re a friend of the family, or someone who’s worried that someone else you know is currently suffering with domestic violence or sexual abuse.

How to get in touch?

You can directly contact this service by calling 1800737732, or by chatting live with one of their knowledgeable and trained counsellors via online chat. Both telephone and online counselling are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

All Australians, including the hearing impaired, vision impaired, speech impaired, and non-English speakers may get in touch with 1800 Respect anytime. More information is available on their Accessibility page.

This service is free to contact, but keep in mind that the call will appear on your phone bill. All contact is confidential, unless there is your permission to keep your information, or in case you or someone else needs immediate help.



What kind of support services do they offer?

When contacting 1800 Respect, you’ll be able to browse through the following services in your area:

For additional information about domestic violence and sexual abuse, visit

No To Violence (NTV)

Who is this service aimed towards?


No To Violence (NTV) supports men who use or have used family violence, and wish to change their aggressive behavior for good. It also assists family members who need advice on what to do about the abusive man in their homes.

This service is available 24/7 via phone or live chat.

NTV operates the Men’s Referral Service, whose help you might want to reach in the following cases:

  • You’re worried about your aggressive and abusive behavior towards your children or partner, whether that behavior is verbal or physical.
  • You’ve been told you are abusive by one or more family members.
  • You’ve scared your children or spouse due to your violent behavior.
  • You’ve forced a spouse to partake in sexual activity.
  • You’ve hit your partner or your children, and are scared you may do it again.
  • You’re a family member or family friend who’s worried about the way someone treats their spouse and/or children.
  • You’re the spouse or child of an abusive man, and don’t know what to do about their behavior.

How to get in touch?

To immediately talk to a counsellor, reach the Men’s Referral Service at 1300 766 491, or start an instant live chat at, at the bottom-right corner of the page. An experienced counsellor should be readily available to chat with you.

If English isn’t your first language and you still need assistance, don’t worry–the Australian Government Translating Service will have a translator ready to help you.

When calling, you don’t need to provide your personal information, not even your first name. A lot of callers feel better when remaining anonymous.



What kind of support services do they offer?

When contacting NTV, depending on your specific case, counsellors may link you up to the following services:

If you need more information about family violence, visit


Remember, if you are in a crisis situation, or need immediate support, please call 000.

We also offer counselling and coaching support. For a free, confiedntial discussion about how me can help you, click here to make a time for us to chat, or call us directly on 0493 063 530.

Dealing with Grief

We’ve all been dealing with loss from an early age, despite our failing memory. Believe it or not, grief starts with simple things, such as the death of a goldfish or a pet hamster. The naive euphemisms we’ve heard from our parents helped to an extent, but eventually “going to heaven” became “passing away”.

We grew into the realisation that, eventually, the moments and people we love will leave us.

Although grief is a natural reaction to loss, dealing with grief is never easy — regardless of how many times someone has grieved or how much a certain loss is expected. The feelings we derive from such losses are also natural, but painful nonetheless.

Is there a way to make the grieving period less painful? Yes, there is. The first step is to recognise that what you’re dealing with will subside, and that you must go through every stage in order to feel better, however difficult it may be.

Let’s start by unraveling those feelings.

What is Grief?

According to HelpGuide, grief can be defined as “the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away.”

The term “emotional suffering” applies better to grief than “deep sorrow” or “sadness”, as grief can manifest itself in a multitude of feelings ranging from disbelief to rage and, of course, profound sadness.

Besides, the pain of grief isn’t only emotional, but physical. The physical symptoms of grief are similar to those of stress, which include chest tightness, headaches, insomnia, stomach upset, and even an increase in inflammation and high blood pressure. Surely, due to the immense heartache grief brings, symptoms will likely be more intense than those of everyday stress.

In short, grief is the physical and emotional burden you endure when missing someone, or something.

What are the Stages Of Grief?

Back in 1969, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross invented the Kübler-Ross model, which explores the 5 stages of grief. These are:


When the news of a loss first hits someone, it’s hard to come to terms with the truth. It comes like a sucker-punch, and it may feel unreal at first — so unreal that people would rather deny what happened than accept it.


At the same time, any loss feels unfair. People may feel anger for a number of reasons. It could be that they feel someone has parted too soon, or they may feel angry that their expected outcome didn’t happen. They may where they went wrong, and start blaming themselves or others for the unfortunate occurrence.


The bargaining stage often refers to a person’s faith. The feelings of sadness and anger may give way to an illusion of control, which could mean exchanging one’s ardent faith for a chance of bringing their loved one back to life. While it may sound unreasonable to those outside of the situation, this feeling works as an escape from a painful reality.


When a loss finally dawns on someone, so will a deep sorrow. This is the moment when constant crying and mournful feelings arise. During this period, it’s normal to feel that everything is colourless, and that life will never make sense again. Yet, like every stage, this too will pass.


Accepting a loss doesn’t mean overcoming it — all it means is that the grieving person has processed, recognised, and surrendered to what happened. At this point, they’re aware that they will have to go through this process, and may realise they need to reach out for help.

Note that these stages aren’t necessarily linear. Grief is an intricate and individual course, meaning that, while one person may begin by accepting someone’s death, another may begin at a different stage. It’s normal to feel angry, then accepting, and then relapse into sadness and anger all over again.

By no means should anyone think they’re abnormal if their grieving process naturally skips one of the stages, or if it happens in a completely different order.

A common question surrounding the stages of grief is: How long does it take to go through each stage?”

Again, that depends on each person and their proximity with who or what they’ve lost. The worst thing anyone can do is compare their grief to someone else’s, as the process will never be the same for two people. The best thing to do is to focus on healing.

Does Grief Only Apply to the Loss of a Loved One?

Not at all. People may grieve different life events, such as the end of a relationship (be it a friendship or a marriage) or even a painful memory. Of all things anyone can grieve, here are some examples:

  • The loss of a loved one.
  • The loss of a job.
  • The loss of a pet.
  • The loss of a previous version of oneself.
  • The loss of a previous lifestyle (such as the pre-COVID lifestyle).

Grief comes in all shapes and forms, and no type of grief should be seen as more or less important than others.

How to Cope With Grief

What actions have helped you cope with a breakup in the past? Think about it for a moment.

For Joe, it was blocking their ex on social media and crying over romantic comedies. For Jane, it was looking at her ex’s pictures and remembering their good moments together.

It took Joe three months to get over his ex, while it took Jane a year to get over hers. Both still remember their relationship, the memory still stings, but they’ve both moved on and are healing a little more every day.

While you may think the former or the latter are absurd coping mechanisms, they’ve helped different people through their unique forms of grieving. And that’s okay. The previous example should illustrate the fact that grief is different for everyone.

Yes, there may be an “average timespan” for the grieving process, but anyone is better off respecting their own time. According to a WebMD survey, people are expected to feel okay long before they’re ready, which could derail the healing process.

Hard as it may be to read this, sometimes grief can last a lifetime. Yet, like all people who have gone through the same agonising experience, you will learn to live again.

What to Do if Grief Becomes Overwhelming?


No one deserves to power through grief alone. If feelings become overwhelming, the right course of action would be to get in touch with a grief counsellor, or a bereavement counsellor.

Contrary to other types of therapists, grief counsellors focus on helping patients deeply understand their grieving process, while supporting them through the pain and pressure that follow a loss.

If counselling isn’t a possibility, reaching out to close friends, particularly those who have been through something similar, can be helpful. For those who prefer keeping their matters private, online grief forums are an excellent option. There, you can share your story with a supportive community of real users, who are also grieving, and comfort one another.

On a final note, never keep feelings of grief to yourself. Talking to someone about how you’re feeling will reinforce the fact that you’re not alone, and that there are people willing to mourn with you until you can pick yourself back up.

How The Internet Is Helping Tackle Mental Health Issues In Adolescents

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Phones are no longer used to simply call someone but are rather mini, handheld computers. Watches have become wearable iPads and computers themselves have become sleeker. 

The increase and improvement in different features also increased the usage of these technologies within the community. And while this is sometimes spoken about negatively, it is important to know how this accessibility can help us. The internet can be a great tool especially in dealing with mental health in young adults who are one of the largest users of the technology. Furthermore, this group is also one of the largest in terms of mental health issues.

Internet Use And Mental Health – Let’s Talk About It

Young adults have the reputation of being on their phones 24/7, using all kinds of social media to interact with their friends. However, more screen time also means more information consumed everyday. Information on various mental health topics is essential in helping destigmatize mental health issues pushing young adults to take action. Barriers caused by stigma are gradually being broken down, promoting discussions surrounding this important issue. 


This is the first step in being able to seek help – discussion. But that is, discussion through promotion and vocalisation via the internet. Rather than publicly seeking out support, this alternative route is a far more comfortable one for young adults.


Additionally, mental health articles and social media posts provide another way to talk about mental health. On top of their educational purposes, these articles and posts create a great starting point for insightful discussions.

The Convenience Of Health Apps

Recently, evidence suggests that e-health interventions can help assist mental health issues. These come in the form of convenient apps that are accessible through the click of a button. With these apps, the users are also able to decide when and where to use it. This provides them with a discrete means of access to mental health advice, creating a safe space for those who prefer to have privacy. E-health interventions can also be quite helpful in increasing access to treatment in remote areas as distance should not be a barrier to accessing necessary support.


Oftentimes, seeking advice and help can be the hardest step. However, with e-health apps, discrete, quick and reliable resources can become easily available.

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The Communicative Community

The online mental health community is growing rapidly. The initiation of chat rooms, Instagram pages or podcasts are just a few great ways to get informed and connected. There is a great level of personal relevance one can experience through absorbing stories about mental health online. Hearing the context of other people’s journeys and their success stories also provide the users with a wider perspective on how to manage one’s mental health.


It’s also a helpful to not view mental health as one massive, all encompassing word. It is something that can take many shapes and forms. Severity may vary between each person, but everyone has their own valid struggles. Ultimately, this transparency creates a new form of understanding within the community.

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Ultimately, technology can help tackle mental health issues in three main ways. First, it allows for the increase in information available to the public, opening various discussions about mental health. Secondly, technology and the internet provide a ground for the creation of accessible apps that can assist young adults in a variety of ways. Finally, the online community provides a safe space where adolescents can be transparent in their experiences with mental health, helping them overcome and break down the remaining walls built by stigma and fear. 

About The Mental Health Coach

At the Mental Health Coach, we’re always here for you. Our enrollment staff are on standby to answer your questions. All to help young people in need. Contact us today if you’re interested in mental health advice or mental health courses.

For 24/7 professional support around suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Could you Save a Life with Your Youth MHFA Skills?

Suicide is a very difficult subject to talk about. You may or may not know someone that has either attempted or completed suicide. It’s one of those things that nobody wants to think about, but far more people should. And, it’s one of the main reasons you should consider taking our Youth MHFA course, Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Suicide is the number one cause of death of Australians aged 18 to 24, claiming the lives of 350 young people each year. That’s more than road related deaths. And, it doesn’t even include the 100 to 200 attempts that are documented, either.

If more people talked about suicide and raised awareness within our society, people would feel more comfortable getting help. Asking for and receiving the help they so desperately need in their darkest times. It would be seen less as a topic to avoid at all costs and maybe even dissipate the stigma that surrounds suicide.

People in pain would realise that they have a choice, and that there is a way out of their pain. It’s so hard to see the potential resolution to something that consumes you so deeply, but there is always a way out. This is especially critical for adolescents and young people; they are amongst the least likely to search for help with their suffering.

The statistics around mental illness in young people are alarming, but having Youth Mental Health First Aid skills can make a massive difference.

How Can Youth MHFA Help?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to respond to someone in need of help with their Mental Health. Just like providing first aid to a physically injured person before the doctor takes over. MHFA is that critical step between a Mental Health crisis and getting someone professional help.

Youth MHFA is specifically designed to help you understand how best to help young people in their time of need. We teach you which signs to watch for and what to do when you observe them. We cover suicide in our Youth MHFA course, so you leave with the skills you need to be as observant as possible. You might not have realised that your awareness could be lifesaving, but it definitely can.

Youth MHFA first aid kit

How Could You Save a Life?

Being aware of the signs a suicidal adolescent might be exhibiting could be the difference between life and death — literally. Many of those closest to people who have either attempted or completed suicide had no idea their loved one was suffering so deeply. Simply because they didn’t know what to look for.

Suicidal people rarely announce their plans, especially if they’re seriously contemplating ending their lives. Spotting a behavior or action before it’s too late is the key to saving a life. That’s what you’ll learn in our Youth Mental Health First Aid course.

Youth MHFA will help you be the bridge between the person suffering and the professional help they need, but that they don’t know how to get. Suicidal people commonly feel that they are beyond help; that their situation is hopeless. You can show them that it’s not, and that there is a way out of their suffering.

This is lifesaving.

Youth MHFA lifebuoy ring

What You Can Do to Help

More help is always needed in the suicide prevention field, and awareness is the first step. By becoming certified in Youth MHFA, you’ll be taking on a brave role that not everyone is cut out for. Learning the warning signs of suicide as well as how to intervene correctly. Along with the many other skills you’ll learn in this course. It’s a way forward for the healing of our young people’s Mental Health struggles.

It’s time to stop dismissing Mental Health as less important than Physical Health. The two go hand in hand, affect one another, and each are equally important. The more people that understand this the better off our younger generations will be. It will continue on in the generations to come. Can you imagine being a part of something that important?

Youth MHFA text written on arms


The most frustrating part of suicide is that it’s preventable. So many wonderful people have lost their lives because they deemed themselves beyond help. This simply isn’t true; there is help for every person and for every Mental Health struggle, no matter how severe. The sad truth is that people just don’t know how to get better on their own. That’s where people like you come in.

Being certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid is an important tool to assist our youth with their Mental Health issues, including thoughts of (or plans for) suicide. Getting the awareness out to young people before it’s too late is critical in saving lives, and your Youth MHFA certification will allow you to do just that.

The saying “the children are the future” has always been true, but in this case, even more so. Spreading awareness and educating young people on this important topic is literally lifesaving. For adolescents today and generations to come. The more people we can help now the better. Hopefully one day suicide will be far less prevalent than it is today.

Our enrolment staff are standing by to answer your questions and help you get started helping our young people in need, so contact us today and let’s help our youth together.

For 24/7 professional support around suicide, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

The Reasons we Love Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Being young is no easy feat, especially the adolescent phase. Not only do our youth have to deal with the awkwardness of adolescent life. But also our technology-driven world exposes them to various kinds of stimuli. This can prove detrimental to their Mental Health. Young people are the future, and they deserve our respect, acknowledgement and support. They also deserve our empathy and our care. This is what Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is all about.

Read on for some reasons why we love Youth Mental Health First Aid courses…

Helping Young People Makes a Huge Difference

When adolescents feel like something may be wrong, they rarely ask for help. It’s either embarrassing or scary, or they simply don’t know how to. They lack the skills to help themselves at this point in their development. This is why Youth Mental Health First Aid is so helpful.

To have someone recognise their help-seeking behaviours and support them through their tough time can prove to be life changing. Having a support system at such a crucial time in their lives can improve their wellbeing as they prepare to enter adulthood. As well as teach them life skills to take on their journey.

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It’s Evidence Based

Mental Health statistics are alarming. Even more so when it comes to young people: 1 in 7 adolescents experience a Mental Health condition every year. Sadly, for various reasons including embarrassment, fear, and lack of resources. Young people are less likely to get help for their Mental Health issues than adults are.

In order to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid effectively, it’s important to know the facts. That’s why everything we teach in our Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course. It is based on solid evidence and presented by an experienced facilitator with a background in the Mental Health field. It’s critical to know everything you need in order to help our young people thrive. This course helps you to do that.

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It’s Practical

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course is extremely practical. There’s no super heavy theory, and anyone can participate. The only requirement is that you’re willing to help youth in their times of Mental Health struggles, and if you’re here, you probably meet that requirement!

Once certified in Youth MHFA, you can put your skills to work straight away. There’s no waiting period, just take the valuable skills you’ve learned and start helping! If you already know an adolescent or two that are struggling, you can offer your support immediately.


It’s Based on Australian Data

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course was designed and developed in Australia, based on Australian data. This means that you’ll be specifically trained on common scenarios that Australian young people are dealing with. This gives you the advantage of offering the most relevant support possible.

While it’s great to be informed on global data, trends differ from country to country. Which is why it’s so important to be up to date on local issues. Learning how to help Australian youth recognize and acknowledge their Mental Health struggles and support them through difficult times. This is one of the key reasons the Youth MHFA course was created in the first place.


We Cover Eating Disorders

In our body image obsessed society, eating disorders are rampant. Despite efforts to curb this it remains a huge issue, and sadly, our youth are the most affected by it. Image is everything in adolescence, with social pressure and comparing oneself to others being regular occurrences. Combined with an underdeveloped sense of self. Young people sometimes take drastic action, eating disorders being a form of this.

In our Youth MHFA course, we cover eating disorders as part of the training. You’ll learn signs to watch for, along with how to support adolescents going through this struggle. Young people need all the support they can get with their Mental Health, especially with eating disorders.

Great Quality Videos

How many times have you taken a course, and when they showed you a video you thought “this would never happen in real life?” While course facilitators do their best, they often provide video scenarios that are unrealistic, badly put together, or simply outdated and irrelevant.

Not with our courses! Our learning materials are high quality, realistic, and kept current so that you can provide relevant support after your accreditation. No cringing required! Our facilitators work hard to provide the most recent model of training. Including videos that portray scenarios that you’ll actually come across when providing Youth Mental Health First Aid.

We Can Save a Life!

Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst young people in Australia, and sadly, many lives could have been saved if the right person intervened in time. While we can’t bring back the young people we’ve lost. But, we can work to prevent losing any more, and this is one reason Youth Mental Health First Aid is so valuable.

It’s amazing what you can achieve through a simple conversation. Knowing how to have the right conversations, at the right times, can not only be life changing but lifesaving as well. By taking the Youth MHFA course, you’ll be empowered to spot suicide warning signs. You’ll have a conversation with a young person who’s struggling and in pain. Even save their life.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are available to anyone who wants to help our young people with their Mental Health struggles. If that’s you, thank you! We can never have too many wonderful people supporting our youth.

If you were wondering if a Youth Mental Health First Aid course could be for you, we hope this has helped. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, or to enrol in a Youth MHFA course today!

Who are Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses Designed For?

Youth Mental Health Courses like Youth Mental Health First Aid has a valuable set of tools to learn. For anyone who wants to support people that are going through struggles with their Mental Health. When it comes to our youth, the need is greater for help than ever. And, there are many situations in which MHFA would be greatly beneficial for adolescents.

With mental health issues being the biggest cause of illness amongst young people. Learning the essential skill of Youth Mental Health First Aid is critical.  You can read more about that on the AIHW website.

If you’re considering taking a Youth Mental Health First Aid course. But, aren’t sure if it would be right for you, read on. We’ve broken down the four types of people that Youth Mental Health First Aid courses are designed for. Chances are, you’re at least one of them.

Parents of Adolescents

Being a parent is a full-time job, and this doesn’t change when your adolescent becomes more independent. In fact, during these years it’s even more important to pay attention to your child. There are plenty of things they may not feel comfortable discussing with you. It’s hard to determine when you should be worried with adolescents. Their behaviour is naturally variable during this period of enormous growth.

Being educated in Mental Health First Aid — specifically Youth MHFA — will provide you with essential tools to help your adolescent thrive. You’ll learn how to spot signs of concern, what to do in situations that warrant intervention. And, ultimately become your child’s first line of defence when they need help but are too afraid (or ashamed) to ask for it.

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It’s sadly not so common knowledge that behaviour issues are frequently a sign that a student needs help with their Mental Health. While in your classroom, you see a different side to your students than their parents or peers might. This gives you a perspective that most others don’t have. These adolescents could benefit greatly from your support. You represent a safe space outside of their social circle.

You can be even more effective in your approach by taking a Youth Mental health First Aid course. You will learn to spot warning signs that others might miss along with how to provide support to students in their time of need. A critical tool to have when educating adolescents. As a teacher you also have access to resources that others may not. This will make you a valuable member of your student’s support team.

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Sport Coaches

As a youth sport coach, you have an advantage that many others do not. You share a special bond with the adolescents on your team. You are a trusted member of your team’s community, and they believe in what you say. This is also a way you can be supportive of their mental health, and a key instrument in their recovery.

Taking a Youth Mental health First Aid course will teach you how to be even more supportive than you already are. By learning essential tools to assist adolescents in acknowledging their feelings, along with what behaviours to watch out for that may be concerning. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a wonderful way to support adolescents that may feel alone and confused. You can help them feel like themselves again.

Youth Mental Health Courses soccer coach

Community Group Leaders

Community group leaders tend to have a trustworthy vibe about them. People feel as if they can air their grievances to you and that they will be genuinely heard. While this is a weighty responsibility. You can take pride in the fact that you are trusted by so many and that they value your opinion and support.

Youth Mental Health First Aid courses work to support adolescents. They can have issues that they may not understand or that they’re ashamed to ask for help with. As a community group leader, your trustable nature can be of great benefit here. By learning the valuable skills taught in Youth MHFA, you will notice when the youth within your community need help. You’ll know how to support them. Ultimately be a safe, reliable resource that they can count on during difficult times.


Youth Workers

As a youth worker, there’s a high probability that at least some of the young people you work with are at risk. This brings along with it the potential for Mental Health issues, which is why attending a Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be so valuable to you. Your new knowledge will teach you not only how to spot issues of concern, but how to assist your youth in their times of need.

As a trusted member of their community, youth already look to you for guidance. They will benefit even more from that guidance when you’re certified in Youth MHFA, giving you a powerful toolbox of skills to help them through tough times and come out the other side stronger, healthier, and more confident than ever.


When it comes to adolescents, the saying “it takes a village” could not be more appropriate. Having a community of support is critical during this challenging time in their lives. The more support they can get, the better. Becoming certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid is a way that you can maximise your ability to provide that support.

Our enrolment process is simple and we’re here to answer any questions you might have if you’re interested in learning more about Youth Mental Health First Aid. If you’re ready to schedule your training, contact us today. We’d love to have you join one of our Mental Health First Aid Courses.

You can enrol in Youth Mental Health First Aid here.

Benefits of Completing Your Online Mental Health First Aid Course

If it’s approaching 3 years since you received your Mental Health first Aid accreditation, it’s time for your Online Mental Health First Aid Course. To keep your accreditation current and ensure you can continue to provide Mental Health First Aid, we have conveniently created this online course – Mental Health First Aid Refresher – easily accessible and available to anyone who needs to refresh their knowledge and skills.

Not sure an online refresher course is right for you? No worries. Here are a few of the reasons we think you’ll find inspiring:

No Need to Travel

The Online Mental Health First Aid Course online course eliminates your need for travel completely. This means no planning a trip, no worrying if you’ll be home in time for dinner or to pick the kids up from school, and best of all, no traffic! The Online Mental Health First Aid Course is delivered to you online, through a six-hour group class with a certified instructor. All you have to do is show up, note taking materials at the ready.

Avoiding sitting in your car for any amount of time is a huge win for most people, especially for those of you who drive to work every day. You get a break from traveling while at the same time completing an important training and maintaining your MHFA accreditation for another 3 years, ensuring your ability to do what you’re great at: helping people in need of Mental Health first Aid.

Online Mental Health First Aid Course lady sitting at computer doing mental health first aid

More Convenient

The convenience aspect of the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is yet another reason to be happy about this training. The online delivery of the course in two 3-hour segments means no sitting in class all day, and you can take it from the comfort of your own home! This means if you need to grab a drink of water or a quick snack you can do so, and without interrupting the instructor or the other participants. You can have comfort and convenience, all while you learn.

The convenience factor goes even further than this, though. The fact that you can take it online means that the Online Mental Health First Aid Course won’t disrupt your normal schedule; you can choose a class time that works with your routine. No need to worry about missing out on your Online Mental Health First Aid Course because your work or other responsibilities won’t allow it, just choose a class time that’s convenient to you and ensure that you’ll be there, ready to listen.

Location Freedom

It’s all too common for people to miss out on courses they’d really like to take because their location makes it difficult for them to attend. Not with the online course! The online delivery makes it accessible to anyone in the country, as long as they have a reliable internet connection and are willing to learn. No need to worry about whether you’ll let your accreditation lapse, just book a class time that works for you.

This is also helpful for people who would like to take the course at home, but their household might be a bit too busy for them to concentrate. No worries! Just take your laptop to a reasonably quiet spot with reliable Wi-Fi, and you can complete your Online Mental Health First Aid Course anywhere you’re comfortable. True location freedom is yet another great reason to take this online course.

Online Mental Health First Aid Course - lady taking course with dog by her side


In the uncertain times we’re living in, it’s become common for people to want to stay away from crowds and tight spaces for health reasons. While the pandemic appears to slowly be on its way out, not everyone feels safer yet. This is completely understandable, and yet another reason taking the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is a great way to maintain your MHFA accreditation.

No one wants to feel as if they’re putting their health or the health of their loved ones in danger, and this is a valid concern. That’s why the Online Mental Health First Aid Course is so great: you don’t have to worry about your health or safety because you get to take it in a place where you feel safe and comfortable.

Wrapping up

So, there you have it. Taking your Online Mental Health First Aid Course should be a positive, convenient, and informative experience, and we’ve created this course with all those things in mind. Find out more about the Mental Health First Aid Refresher program.

Whether you’re soon to need your accreditation renewed or just want to brush up on your skills, have a look at the available options and enrol today!

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher program is endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training: How to Prepare

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher training is the perfect way to maintain your MHFA accreditation. Stay up to date on policies and procedures, and keep your skillset sharp. Whether you’re due for an accreditation renewal or you want to brush up on your MHFA skills. There’s one thing that will help to ensure your success upon your course completion: being prepared.

It’s a known fact that being aptly prepared for an important event helps to improve mental clarity. As well as increased organisation. With that said, here are a few tips to help you along your way:

Create a Plan

It’s been said that creating a plan eliminates many of the negatives when taking a course. Including feeling overwhelmed by the material, forgetting important tools you’ll need, and the list goes on. Being unprepared can leave you frazzled and frustrated. These are not good places to be in when you’re trying to learn.

Thankfully, having a plan that works for you will serve you in a variety of ways. It gives you the mental clarity and presence that you’ll need to absorb the information effectively. Whether that means writing yourself a list of materials to have ready. Scheduling your travel so that you arrive on time. Or something else you deem important. Be sure to take care of it ahead of time so that you can be as ready as necessary before class time.

Part of your planning might even be to schedule your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training into the diary well in advance.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl taking notes

Dedicate Enough Time

While this technically falls in with planning, it’s so important that we felt the need to give it a section all its own. Life can get busy, and we all know what that’s like. You’re rushing from one responsibility to the next as per usual. Suddenly it dawns on you that you’ve forgotten that you were supposed to do something.

Don’t let that be the case with something as important as your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training. Setting aside a block of time in your calendar can do wonders to ensure that you’ll be prepared, on time, and ready to learn. Let family members or other important people know you’ll be unavailable during this time as well.

Another tip: set yourself a series of reminders to alert you the week prior, the day prior, etc. This will ensure you’re all set when the time arrives.

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl circling date on calendar

Find a Quiet Place

If you’re taking the Mental Health First Aid Refresher training online, it’s imperative that you find a quiet place to attend the Zoom meeting. This means no interruptions. No dogs barking. No kids asking for a snack, no nothing. The importance of this not only affects your learning experience. But also that of the others taking the course with you. So please consider this when scheduling a time to take your online course.

There are options for those of you whose homes are a little on the loud side, as we can all appreciate. We’re only human and have lives after all! Some suggestions might include finding a baby or dog sitter for a few hours. Asking a friend to use their home or office. Sitting in a place like a library or relatively quiet coffee shop. Or even your car will work if that’s all you can do!

Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training girl in a quiet space

Wrapping up

Being prepared is something we all take for granted from time to time, and that’s okay. However, when you’re investing in something as important as education or providing help to others. Or in this case, both. It’s important to help yourself get the most out of the training you’ve signed up for. Not only will you learn more effectively when you’re well prepared. But the people you help will benefit from your skills that much more as well.

Hopefully these tips on how to prepare for your Mental Health First Aid Refresher training will do just that. We appreciate your willingness to help others in their time of need and want you to stay up to date so you can keep on doing what you do best. If you’re approaching your accreditation expiration and need to renew, or even if you just want to update yourself on your skills, we’d love for you to enrol today!

The Mental Health First Aid Refresher Training is endorsed and accredited by Mental Health First Aid Australia.