Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Helen Shearn




Standard MHFA
Standard Refresher Course
Youth MHFA
Youth Refresher
Master Instructor
Principal Master
Gambling Problems MHFA
Suicidal Person MHFA
Blended Online MHFA Workplace
Blended Online MHFA Community

Location Information

Sunshine Coast QLD 4560

States Available In

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


I commenced my Career as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in the UK in 1981, where my positions in the main have been community based. In 1988 I migrated to Australia ,living and working initially in Melbourne for almost ten years, where I was fortunate to be involved in the inception of a new concept of care as a Unit Manager in a community based facility for Older person Mental Health (early dementia) In 1997 I moved to the Sunshine Coast Queensland . My roles in Queensland Health have been in community Case Management ,and Acute Mental Health Care. In 2011 I undertook a role as a Suicide Prevention Project Officer for the Sunshine Coast ,as part of a state wide project . I set up a sole trader mobile training service 'Listen Connect Care, as a platform to enable me to continue offering and delivering Mental Health First Aid.

I wish to increase awareness of the important role Mental Health Literacy has in enhancing an understanding and capacity to respond in providing someone in crisis,or developing a mental health problem ,Mental illness ,or is in a Mental health crisis, either in a workplace or in the wider community.

I also develop and offer' Early Detection in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention' workshops which can be delivered in a group setting and workplace.

I have acquired my MHFA Principle Master Instructor Status.

I believe Mental Health First Aid has a very positive role to play in the Early detection and Intervention of Suicide Prevention and Mental illness including breaking down stigma barriers. If any community groups, workplaces or service provider groups are interested in undertaking the Adult Standard ,Adult Youth MHFA training course , Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person , or MHFA for Gambling Problems, I welcome you to contact me.

I offer in both the Adult Standard and Adult Youth MHFA Refresher training to participants who have already attended and completed the full courses and are due to Refresh to maintain their MHFA Accreditation.

Due to the current restrictions associated to the COVID 19 MHFA has developed two new Blended MHFA Courses enabling the delivery of MHFA training to continue to be made available . I can in the near future when a delivery platform is set up offer both the Standard MHFA Blended Community and Workplace Blended MHFA Course.