Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Katherine Houareau





Engaging Senior Leaders
Standard MHFA
Conversations about Suicide
Blended Online MHFA Community
Blended Online MHFA Workplace
Blended Online MHFA Financial Service Professionals

Location Information

Perth WA 6000

States Available In

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia


Kat is a Lived Experience Instructor delivering Mental Health First Aid to community, mental health, aged care and disability support workers and also to the corporate, government and non government agencies.

The programs she is able to deliver include;

Standard MHFA

MHFA Conversations about Suicide

Blended Online MHFA Financial Service Professionals

Blended Online MHFA Community

Blended Online MHFA Workplace

MHFA: Engaging Leaders

Kat is the Chair of the Wanneroo & Communities Suicide Prevention Network which is a community based suicide prevention network and is supported by Wesley Lifeforce and is federally funded by the Department of Health and as such she delivers on the training on behalf of the network.

The network has grown to be one of the largest in WA and most active in community with more than 3600 plus members on it's database with active members consisting of lived experience, organisations, community champions and advocates making a difference in community and across Australia.

Her skills include being a Lived Experience Consultant, an Accredited LIFEstyle and Wellness Recovery Coach, Cert IV Mental Health Support Worker, Lifeline WA Ambassador and “My Time, My Life” Media Advocate on Family and Domestic Violence for Ruah Community Services.

Kat is a natural leader having won multiple scholarships with Leadership WA in their programs Leadability and the Rising Leaders.

Other elements to Kat's experience include producing and hosting the “Road To Recovery – Lived Experience Show" talking all things Mental Health, Suicide Awareness and the Recovery Journey with a variety of guests and experts from industry, policy, carers, consumers and providing the listeners with information on training, events, books and more.

Kat is a Keynote Speaker, Educator, Facilitator and strong Advocate on Suicide Prevention as someone who have been bereaved , experienced ideation and as an attempt survivor with a focus on policy and lived experience engagement with community both on a local, state and national level.

Her insights and Lived Experience contribution to innovation and policy includes;

The Steering Committee for the WA Mental Health Commission - Suicide Prevention Action Plan for 2021-25.

The Statewide Postvention Development Group with Service Providers with Neami National.

Wesley LifeForce Expert Advisory Group for Evaluation of their National Suicide Prevention Networks as the Lived Experience Consultant.

Department of Health “You Matter” Guideline supporting Consumers, Carers, Community and Clinicians in Health.

Some great feedback from members who have participated in the training;

  • Good reflections on topic and affirmations to people

  • Kat your passion is evident in your inclusive language

  • Energetic, really knowledgeable around resources available

  • Clear, confident, good emphasis on clinicians diagnosing

  • Relaxed, smiley, happy great effect on the room. Even though a serious topic made people feel light not depressed/sad

  • Engaged participants to connect with Lived Experience to share insights with others in group discussion was very helpful to understand the illness

  • Encouraged people to work with the GP’s and treating clinicians as part of their recovery journey

If you would like to talk to me about Mental Health First Aid Training for your Community, Mental Health or Aged Care Support Workers or organisation please connect as Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is everyone's business!

M: +61 0407 382 643 E:

Additional Information

Connect with her and the Wanneroo and Communities Suicide Prevention Network (WaCSPN) by;

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LinkedIn - Wanneroo & Communities Suicide Prevention Network