Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Derise Jones


0409 266 722


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Geraldton WA 6530

States Available In

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


As a long-term health professional I has become passionate about helping my people overcome mental health issues and sharing my knowledge with others. I have been in both primary health and mental health care for over 25 years. It was while studying a Diploma of Community Services in Mental Health that I truly came to realise the extent of mental issues my people face on a daily basis. I have realised addressing mental health issues is not just about medication or counselling, but about a taking a holistic approach. Now as a reaccredited Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Instructor – this role will enable my not only help those in need but also support work colleagues, family and friends and others in the community. I strongly believe there’s a lot to be gained by improving knowledge and beliefs around mental health problems. “The more people with a greater understanding about mental health illnesses, the more the stigma and shame around mental health will be reduced and the more likely people will be to seek appropriate help,”