Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.
Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country. Passionate Lives offers Standard and Youth MHFA courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.
Founder, Trys Reddick, was diagnosed with Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Agoraphobia and Social Phobia after leaving school aged 14. He spent all his teens as a recluse while he battled with Depression which he had until his mid 20’s. Following this, he started to fight back until by the age of 30, he emigrated to Australia and studied community services.
He worked in Job Network for 5 years, assisting long term unemployed back into work and in 2015 became an Accredited Mental Health Trainer under his company EG 5 Star Training. In 2015, he also released his first book “Passionate People”.
Today Trys is an active trainer and publisher, posting regular podcasts and staging events to raise awareness of mental illness. He has recently been featured on the ABC, delivering Mental Health First Aid Training for the Suicidal Person.
See ABC NEWS Featuring MHFA for the Suicidal Person here