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Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid

Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid

A wholistic program that includes Youth Mental Health First Aid, The Mental Health Coach has received a grant to deliver COST-FREE, accredited Mental Health First Aid training for young LGBTQIA+ people from across Victoria.

About the program

This specialised program highlights the unique mental health support needs and experiences of young, LGBTQIA+ people to better equip community-based peers with evidence-based skills and knowledge to spot the signs, have important conversations and support their peers to access critical mental health services. It also includes 6-months of post-program mentoring from The Mental Health Coach.

Learn how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical evidence-based action plan. At it’s core, this program includes Youth Mental Health First Aid, and is designed for young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ or people working with young LGTBQIA+ people, such as youth workers, community group leaders, staff, mentors, etc.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and by professionals.

Program Overview

Watch this video to see the program in detail.

In this video, our founder and creator of the Rainbow Youth Mental Health First Aid program, 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.

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.

What you’ll learn

Learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.

Developing mental health issues covered

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems
  • Eating disorders

Mental health crises covered

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury and self-harm
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours

Event Details

Location: Central Location in Mordialloc. Location provided upon booking.
Dates: 16th and 23rd March 2024 (Saturdays) 9:30 – 4:30 pm each day

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. 

This program is brought to you by the City of Kingston, and is cost free.

Location: Central Location in Altona. Location provided upon booking.
Dates: 8th and 22nd of April (Mondays) 2024.

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.

This program is free for participants aged 18-25. A subsidised fee of $150 applies to all other enrolments.

We will discuss this with you after you express your interest.

This program is brought to you by The Mental Health Coach  in collaboration with Louis Joel Art Centre

This program has finished, but if you’re keen to join a program around the Traralgon area, please fill out our expression of interest form, and when we are back in yoru area, we’ll let you know.

Location: Central Location Traralgon. Location provided upon booking.
Dates: 12 and 13 December, 2023 – 9:30am – 4:30pm

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.

This program is free for participants aged 18-25. A subsidised fee of $150 applies to all other enrolments.

We will discuss this with you after you express your interest.

This program has finished, but if you’re keen to join a program around the Traralgon area, please fill out our expression of interest form, and when we are back in yoru area, we’ll let you know.

Location: Central Location in Ballarat. Location provided upon booking.
Dates: 7th and 8th September 2023

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. 

A small enrolment fee of $150 applies to this program. This fee does not apply to participants aged 18-25. 

We will discuss this with you after you express your interest.

Participant’s Feedback

Here’s the feedback received so far for this program. Use the left and right arrows to scroll through all the feedback.

Received from 44 participants for a series of 3 courses held across 2022/23

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If you had to explain to someone else what the course teaches you, and why it’s important to do, what would you say?

It’s better to have the conversation you’re already equipped to have. The course reassures, helps sets boundaries, educate others and keeps the MHFA thinking about their saftey as well.

Tell us a little about your facilitator.

Very much appreciated the pre work involved in making sure everyone that attended felt supported and comfortable to do so. Very sincere connection and communication with people sharing personal experiences.

If you had to explain to someone else what the course teaches you, and why it’s important to do, what would you say?

It’s better to have the conversation you’re already equipped to have. The course reassures, helps sets boundaries, educate others and keeps the MHFA thinking about their saftey as well.

Tell us a little about your facilitator.

Very much appreciated the pre work involved in making sure everyone that attended felt supported and comfortable to do so. Very sincere connection and communication with people sharing personal experiences.

If you had to explain to someone else what the course teaches you, and why it’s important to do, what would you say?

It’s better to have the conversation you’re already equipped to have. The course reassures, helps sets boundaries, educate others and keeps the MHFA thinking about their saftey as well.

Tell us a little about your facilitator.

Very much appreciated the pre work involved in making sure everyone that attended felt supported and comfortable to do so. Very sincere connection and communication with people sharing personal experiences.