Crew member and staff awareness sessions

John uses his personal experience to inform participants about signs and symptoms to watch for and normalises mental illness as an extremely common yet very debilitating condition with profound effects on relationships, work and wellbeing. Destigmatising mental health issues is critical to reduce shame and secrecy which are barriers to taking action. Promoting next steps for those experiencing these challenges, and encouraging others to keep an eye out for their mates and families ensures people don’t continue to delay dealing with the conditions which often only worsen with time. Session topics include mental health, burnout, stress, relationships and wellbeing.

Duration up to one hour.

Leadership Training

Leaders struggle with both skills and confidence to manage individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges but at the same time, are highly aware of the impact that it has both on the individual, their co-workers and the business. Training and equipping leaders to effectively communicate with and manage those who are affected can reduce absenteeism, presenteeism, turnover and workers compensation claims. Staff with managers who are competent in this area experience lower rates of burnout and are able to recover while retaining their involvement in the workplace.

Duration half day.

Mental Health First Aid

Having thirteen years of experience working with individuals with serious mental illness has equipped our trainer with first-hand experience at giving and training others in mental health first aid. Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is an accredited course based on the international MHFA Guidelines and to date 2 million mental health first aiders have been trained in 23 countries. It is proven effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma, and increasing helping behaviours. These evaluations were conducted in workplaces and community settings.

Further information and links to MHFA related evaluations visit Taking a course will provide you with the tools to help someone who is experiencing:

  • Panic attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non suicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (such as hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose/withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Exposure to a traumatic event

You will be given time to hone your skills through role-plays, scenarios and activities making it easier to use them in real-life.

Course duration: 12 hours over 2 days face to face, or self-paced online learning followed by 2 x 2.5hr online group video conferencing.

Peer Support

Peer support utilising lived experience and lived expertise by a trained individual who has experienced serious mental ill health has been demonstrated to create rapid rapport and psychological safety for an individual who is experiencing first hand, the devastating impacts of chronic stress, burnout and mental ill-health. Peer Support specialists effectively normalise, destigmatise mental illness, work alongside staff to support their treatment and recovery and inspire hope. Peer support assists individuals to navigate the various systems, supports and interventions to find what works for them until they too become and expert in their own recovery.

Public Speaking

Speaking both nationally and internationally to audiences up to 700 people John is an inspirational but down to earth gifted public speaker on a wide range of topics that include mental health, stress, self-maintenance, wellbeing, burnout, relationships and suicide. He is passionate about people putting their own wellbeing first, in order to be their best for everyone else in their lives including their workplaces. Conference presentations include the TheMHS Conference, Relationships Australia state conference, TSPCN state conference, and WorkSafe conferences (TAS).

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