Consumer advocates needed for new OPMHFA video | Mental Health First Aid

Seeking consumer advocates to appear in a new film on older persons living with psychosis

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is producing a short film, focused on older people with lived experience of psychosis who have sought treatment and are currently well.
The film is to be utilised in our Older Person MHFA course which was launched in late 2017.

The general structure of the film will be in three parts with sections on:

1. The person's lived experience of psychosis, including early symptoms and impact on their lives.

2. Things that people in their lives did that helped them (friends, family, health professionals).

3. Things that people in their lives did that didn't help them.

The focus:

The focus of the film is to encourage discussion in the MHFA course about things that helped/didn't help in relation to the MHFA Action Plan: (

We are looking for 2 people aged 65+ who:

• have lived experience of having sought treatment for psychosis as an older person and are now experiencing a good level of recovery.

• have experience talking about their psychosis, and able to reflect on what others did to help or could have done to help.

• are comfortable with the idea of potentially thousands of people seeing them talk about their experience in a training video within MHFA Courses.

• are located in Melbourne or able to travel to Melbourne for a few hours of shooting around March/April 2018 (we are flexible as to the time and date of shooting).

Please note:

That MHFA Australia will retain all copyright and intellectual property rights over this film. The film may also be used by international organisations, which have been licensed by MHFA Australia to deliver MHFA training in their countries.


$250 is offered to individuals who are filmed for this project (as well as reimbursement of parking or public transport costs).

If you know anybody who may be interested please email Spencer Lai (details below) , Program Coordinator.
Spencer Lai, Program Coordinator
Ph: (03) 9079 0200

Note: we are not able to extend this opportunity to current MHFA instructors or people that are planning to become MHFA instructors.