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13/02/2018

High demand for the MHFA for the Suicidal Person course gains press attention

Trys Reddick (Perth based MHFA Instructor) of Passionate Lives received funding from City of Kwinana to run 60 places on the MHFA
for the Suicidal Person course. As he started to market the course, the first 40 places went within 24hrs with the rest of the course places swiftly selling out.
There are now 200 people on the waiting list!


ABC News recently picked up on the story which, in addition to the filmed footage that was shown from the course, they also produced
an article and then later, a radio broadcast on the PM show.

The article was centred around the course content and the benefits the course offers to participants. The article was entitled
'Suicide first aid: Would you know what to do if someone was thinking of taking their own life?' and featured the ten signs to look out for that someone may be feeling suicidal.


ABC News attended one of the courses run by Trys and interviewed the participants

The video featured by the ABC showed footage from the course and heard stories from a members of the public who had attended
the course as well as comments from Grant Blashki of beyondblue.

Watch the video from ABC News here


Live interview with MHFA CEO

As part of the wider story, our CEO, Nataly Bovopoulos was interviewed live on the news channel, giving the audience deeper insights
as to who MHFA are and how this course is making a big difference to communities all around Australia.

Watch the full interview here


Do you know how to help someone that is feeling suicidal? Learn practical skills in this half-day course.

The 4-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person Course is based on our revised Mental Health First Aid Guidelines for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours.
It is a stand alone course that complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course, Blended MHFA Courses and the 14-hour Youth MHFA course.

What the Course Covers

Curriculum content is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer
experts from English speaking developed countries. You will learn:

  • How to identify warning signs for suicide
  • How to confidently support a person in crisis
  • How to have a conversation with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours

At the completion of the course you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person.

Find out more about the MHFA for the Suicidal Person course here