Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid

Rainbow Mental Health First Aid Training

About the program

The Mental Health Coach is providing no-cost and low-cost Youth Mental Health First Aid training to young LGBTQIA+ people across metropolitan and regional Victoria. This program is supported by the Victorian Government through a HEY Grant from YACVIC.

Our young LGBTQIA+ folks experience mental health issues at alarming rates.

Writing Themselves In 4 shows us that 81% of those surveyed have experienced high or very high level of distress in the last 4 weeks. That’s more than three times higher than those in the general population.

We also know that young LGBTQIA+ folks have more than fives times the rate of suicidal thought or self harm.

And only 53% of those people have accessed professional supports.

By giving them evidence based skills (through Youth Mental Health First Aid) training, we’re empowering young people themselves, and those that support them, to look after each other.


This program is focussed on supporting the mental health of young people, 18-25 years old. To be eligible, you need to be one of the following: 

• A young person between 18 and 25 who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community (or questioning if you might be). 

• Be connected to a person like those described above. For example, you might be a friend or family member, an ally, or someone who works with young LGBTQIA+ people as part of their job (such as a youth worker, counsellor, community group leader, school teacher or something else). 

If you aren’t quite sure you’re eligible, please apply anyway and we’ll get in touch with you to work it out. 

Course Format

The Youth Mental Health First Aid program is a two day, face to face program. Everything you need to participate is provided.

Course Fee

This program will be provided cost-free to young LGBTQIA+ folks, and at a reduced fee for service providers, support workers, etc.

Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid

Want to join us? Awesome!

Places on the program are through an expression of interest process.

To express your interest in a place on this program, please complete the form below.

To be kept in the loop about future courses, complete the expression of interest form below and we will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

Course Dates

Altona – 8th and 22nd April 2024, 9:30am – 4:30pm (Mondays)

Mordialloc – 16th and 23rd of March, 9:30 – 4:30pm (Saturdays)

More course dates will be announced shortly, across metro and regional Victoria. Express your interest in the program below and we’ll let you know when we are coming to your area.

For more information….

For more information, please contact Nick at nick@thementalhealthcoach.com.au.

Click for more information about the Youth Mental Health First Aid course.

Download the flyer for this program here. Feel free to distribute to your like minded networks.

Hear what our participants think

In this video, you’ll hear directly from our participants how they found the program and what they got out of it.

You’ll hear from a diverse range of people about their experiences taking part in the program, and how it helped them.

Watch this video to see the program in detail.

In this video, our founder and creator of Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid, Nick McEwan-Hall, takes you behind the scenes of the program.

You’ll hear what the program is about, where it came from, the results we are getting, and of course, how you can get involved.

Frequently asked questions

That’s ok!  We can discuss your eligibility with you.

We take privacy and safety seriously, and promise to be sensitive to your needs when we discuss eligibility.

There’s a few options…

  1. Fill out the expression of interest form, and we will give you a call to talk it through
  2. You can email us and we can work it out over email – the best email is hello@thementalhealthcoach.com.au
  3. Give us a call on 1300 302 462

We’re so glad you are interested in taking part!

We work with a range of funding opportunities and organisations to deliver this program, which means we don’t always know where we will be delivering them.

Fill out the expression of interest form anyway, which will let us contact you if we come to your area.

We’d love to deliver this program in as many communities as we possibly can!

Drop us an email (hello@thementalhealthcoach.com.au) and let us know where you are and what you need. We can then work with you to identify the best way to bring the program to your community.

Thankyou so much!

If you are an organisation that would like to sponsor a program in your local community (or sponsor a program in another community of need), we’d be thrilled to discuss the amazing impact you can make with your support.

If you’d like to sponsor or support this program in any way, please get in touch by email (hello@thementalhealthcoach.com.au) or give us a call on 1300 302 462.

Sponsorship and support can take many forms, and we welcome any and all offers to help. Please get in touch with us and let’s talk it through.

Apply to take part in the program

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you.