FREE Mental Health training available through Stay Afloat – available nationwide!

As part of the Stay Afloat Pilot Program accredited Mental Health First Aid courses are available for commercial seafood communities nationwide. The 2-day course is available for FREE to all members of the commercial seafood community, including adult family members and friends, and will be hosted in key seafood communities around the country.

Here at Stay Afloat, we have worked hard to ensure the language and examples used in the course are relevant to industry, and the trainers have been hand picked and inducted ensuring they understand the particular needs of each local fishing community.

Approximately 1-in-5 Australian adults experience a common mental illness each year. Understanding how to talk about mental health and how to help someone in need are important skills. Many of us feel uncomfortable and unprepared when we think about starting a conversation with someone we are concerned about. At a Stay Afloat Mental Health First Aid course you will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident and able to help. Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.

Accredited Mental Health First Aid training

Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. Our core work is to develop MHFA courses, and train Instructors to deliver these courses to their communities or workplaces. MHFA courses are delivered across Australia and internationally. MHFA courses teach members of the public how to provide initial help to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves.

Who can attend? Any employee or business owner in the commercial seafood sector (including aquaculture), their family or friends over 18 years.

What’s the cost? There is no cost for our industry.  The course is funded by the Federal Government Department of Health, Mental Health program through a grant provided to Seafood Industry Australia and Women in Seafood Australasia.

What’s involved? Once you register by clicking the link below that suits your timing, we’ll send you all of the information regarding next steps and we’ll guide you through the simple process of getting your e-learning started.

The e-learning component is self-paced and takes 5-7 hours. The online component comprises of 2 x 2.5 hour interactive workshops over Zoom. If you’d like to register, please choose the appropriate registration link below:

More dates to be announced soon

Stay Afloat Quick Wellbeing Bites

A series of 6 monthly webinar style presentations of 45 minutes (with 15 minutes optional question time).  These presentations will be delivered via Zoom and attendees can present via video, or dial in anonymously. 

The first of these workshops is taking place on Monday the 23rd.  We will be running each topic twice on the same day at 1.30pm and 6.00pm (AEST) to accommodate as many different work-life schedules as we can.

The first topic is Mental health and mental illness – in our communities and our industry

In this session we’ll talk about the continuum of healthy and thriving through situational stress, chronic stress and mental illness.  We’ll help people understand the key issues faced in Australia and particularly in our seafood industry.  Participants will leave with an improved understanding of key issues, language and supports available.  We’ll explain the concept of Mental Health First Aid and give examples of how it can be used.

Register for the session: 

  • Daytime session at 1.00pm – 2.00pm on Monday 23 August – Register here
  • Evening session at 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Monday 23 August – Register here