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The MHFAider Network

In January MHFA Australia launched the MHFAider Network. The purpose of this group is to connect, support and celebrate MHFAiders across Australia. There is an MHFAider Network Facebook page, regular updates and events throughout the year.

Encourage your MHFAiders to keep up to date with all our MHFAider activities by joining the dedicated Facebook group. Use this link and follow the prompts to join. We also recommend that both you and your MHFAiders subscribe to the MHFAider Update via this link. 

Featuring workplace and community case studies, information about common mental health problems, together with MHFAider tips and tools, the bi-monthly update allows us to support and connect with MHFAiders from across the country.

Want to see what you’ve missed?
Catch up on the first two MHFAider Updates which are linked below:
February MHFAider Update
March MHFAider Update
 

WEBINARS

Role of the MHFAider

The Community and Workplace Engagement teams put together a pre-recorded webcast that explores the role of a MHFAider in the community and the workplace, and the role of MHFA Officers.

 The webcast is included below. We hope you enjoy it and find it valuable

How to achieve a mentally healthy workplace  

Late last year MHFA Australia teamed up with SEIVA and The Achievement Program to host a webinar that looked at how to organisations can achieve a mentally healthy workplace. The webinar featured a range of guest speakers:

  • Tom Boyd, ex AFL player and Mental Health Advocate,
  • Laura Paulsen, Healthy Workplaces Advisor,
  • Kathy Bond, MHFA Workplace Engagement Manager, and
  • Joel Clapham, founder of charity Hearten Up and MHFA Instructor

Weren’t able to attend the live webinar? You can view the recording here.

WORKPLACE RESOURCES

Mentally Healthy Workplaces during COVID-19 guides

The National Mental Health Commission, in conjunction with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, has created a series of evidence-based, easy to use guides to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australian workers and to encourage mentally healthy workplaces during COVID-19. The page for the three resources for Sole Traders, Small businesses and Medium to large businesses is linked below.

Defining the Role of an MHFAider
and MHFA officer

MHFA Officers, similar to physical first aid officers, are formally appointed MHFAiders who serve as a point of contact for people in an organisation who are experiencing a mental health problem. To help workplaces clearly define and distinguish between the roles and responsibilities of an MHFAider and an MHFA Officer, the Workplace Engagement Team have developed a set of documents which are listed below.

Mental Health First Aider
Guide to the Role 

MHFA Officer
Guide to the Role 

MHFA Officer
Position Description 

MHFA Officer
Protocol 

NEWS & EVENTS

It’s official – we now have 100 Gold Skilled Workplaces!  

We would love to see your workplace join our Skilled Workplace family. You can find out more about the program and what other organisations have become Skilled workplaces below.

SAVE THE DATE:
Zoom MHFA Coordinator Event

Join us on Wednesday 16th June @ 12:30pm for our Zoom MHFA Coordinator Event.

It will be a great opportunity to connect with other workplaces, both big and small from a range of different sectors, to share insights and hear tips and tricks for implementing MHFA.

Details and more information about our featured workplaces to follow!

Do you have an MHFA story to share?

Throughout 2021, we will be sharing more stories about mental health first aid and the importance of good mental health. This will include stories from individuals who have completed our training and workplaces and community groups that are implementing Mental Health First Aid Courses within their organisations.

 If you are interested in sharing your MHFA story, send us an email and we’ll be in touch.

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