Support and improve the mental health and wellness of our national commercial seafood communities.

The National Stay Afloat Program brings Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to our community in an online format to support one another and deepen their understanding of ways that they can practically improve their own mental health and wellbeing as well as support eachother.

At any point in time, 1 in every 5 Australians are experiencing mental illness. Research has shown that the numbers may be even higher amongst our seafood community. Stay Afloat has worked with Mental Health First Aid Australia to specifically tailor a number of the learning examples to suit common challenges in Seafood. The course is delivered by people who understand the particular stressors that are often faced.

Who can attend?

Any employee or business owner in the commercial seafood sector (including aquaculture), their family, or friends over 18 years of age.

What’s the cost?

There is no cost for our industry.  These courses have been funded by the Federal Dept of Health – Mental Health, through the National Stay Afloat Program.


What’s involved?

Once you register, you will be sent a link to register yourself on the Mental Health First Aid Australia website.  Along with that link, you’ll receive a code to unlock the e-learning component of the program.

The e-learning component is self-paced and takes 5-7 hours. You are required to complete the e-learning component prior to attending the workshops. 

The online component comprises of 2 x 2.5-hour interactive workshops over zoom.  You will be sent links to these from the State Coordinator facilitating the Training.  Please ensure you have checked your schedule and are available to attend both the 2.5-hour workshops prior to registering for the Course. 

Once you complete both the e-learning at your own pace, and the 2x group zoom Workshops, you will receive an e-mail asking you to provide feedback and, if you choose, to complete a short exam to finalise your official accreditation to become a Mental Health First Aider.

Spaces in each course are limited to 12 participants.

Looking to bring MHFA to our Business?

If you have 10-12 people in your organisation that would like to complete MHFA, OR you’d like to host an in-house face to face course at your place.  Get in touch with your state co-ordinator or e-mail   

If you have more questions, get in touch with us


October 2023 

Mental Health Month

Wed 11th – Thur 12th October

11am – 1.30pm EST

Tues 24th – Wed 25th October

6.00pm – 8.30pm EST

November 2023

Tues 24th – Wed 25th October

6.00pm – 8.30pm EST

December 2023

Wed 6th – Thurs 7th December

1.30pm – 4pm EST

January 2024

Thurs 18th – Fri 19th January

1.30pm – 4.00pm EST

Thurs 30th – Friday 31st January

11.00am – 1.30pm EST

February 2024

Tues 20th – Wed 21st February

12pm – 2.30pm EST

March 2024

Mon 4th – Tues 5th March

6.00pm – 8.30pm EST

Wed 21st – Thurs 22nd March

9.00am – 11.30am EST

April 2024

Tues 16th – Wed 17th April

11.00am – 1.30pm EST

May 2024

Thurs 23rd – Fri 24th May

1.00pm – 3.30pm

June 2024

Tues 18th – Wed 19th June

11.00am EST – 1.30pm EST

July 2024

Wed 10th – Thurs 11th July

3.00pm – 5.30pm EST

Tues 16th – Wed 17th July

6.00pm – 8.30pm

August 2024

Thurs 22nd – Fri 23rd August

11.00am EST – 1.30pm EST

September 2024

Tues 24th – Wed 25th September

1.00pm – 3.30pm EST