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Trigger warning: This podcast discusses suicide and themes related to suicide and mental health.

If someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, and you’re waiting for professional help to arrive or the situation to resolve, there are a few steps you can take to support that person and help them feel a little more comfortable in the interim – it’s called Mental Health First Aid and it’s changing lives and saving lives around the world.

Our regular podcast hosts have welcomed guest host, Fernwood Fitness Wellness, Training & Development Manager and Accredited MHFA Instructor Emma Robertson for this special episode, where she explores in-depth discussions around the topic of mental health with Mental Health First Aid Workplace Engagement Manager Kathy Bond.

They discuss how to start life-changing and life-saving conversations with people who are showing signs of a mental health problem or crises, the ALGEE method, reducing the stigma around mental health, and the importance of shining a light on confronting yet critical issues challenging our wellbeing. 

Given the ‘unprecedented times’ we find ourselves in, Emma and Kathy also touch on 2020’s curveball. ‘Don’t think you need to bake bread or clean out your entire house during a global pandemic – even if all your friends on social media are boasting about it. If a bit of Netflix in the middle of the day is what you need, then that’s what you do.’

Kathy shares valuable information about the MHFA training program, signing up and tips for when, where and how to start those important conversations. We’re so grateful to Kathy and Emma for taking the time to share these insights and topics. Time to jump in. Check it out on Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

Resources and tips

You can head to mhfa.com.au to find out more about MHFA training and all the incredible work they do in supporting people across Australia, and around the world.

If you, or someone you know, needs crisis support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For urgent medical attention, phone 000 immediately.

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This information is of a general nature. It does not take into consideration your personal or health conditions. Always consult your GP, medical specialist, or mental health specialist, for health-related advice.

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