Mental Health First Aid Training
Since 2013, Black Dog Ride has gifted over $500,000 in fundraising to
Mental Health First Aid Australia.
This has given Mental Health First Aid Australia the opportunity to fund teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in Australian High Schools. So far, Black Do Ride's funding has enabled 445 Australian adolescents to be trained in teen MHFA with another 269 being trained in 2016. Read more about this project here.
The funding has also gone towards training Black Dog Riders as MHFA Instructors. The selection and training as a Standard MHFA Instructor is rigorous, and Black Dog Ride is proud of our MHFA Instructors who are now training community members which has a significant and positive impact upon grassroots suicide prevention. Applications for Instructor training are now closed.
Below you will find information about Black Dog Ride's Accredited MHFA Instructors and how to contact them to arrange training.
What is MHFA?
The Standard 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Read more about the Standard MHFA Course here.
Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid is a culturally appropriate course teaching members of the public (18 years and over) how to assist an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander adult who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Read more about the Aboriginal MHFA Course here.
Black Dog Ride's MHFA Instructors
You would like to learn Mental Health First Aid, what's the next step? Talk to your friends, club, or colleagues and get a group of 8-15 likeminded people who would like to be trained in MHFA, then contact the MHFA Instructor in your area to arrange a time and a venue for training. Alternatively contact your closest Instructor and submit an expression of interest for future training. Please let the Instructor know if you are a Black Dog Rider. If your region is not represented below, you can search for an Instructor on the MHFA website here.
New South Wales
Jess participated in the 2015 Black Dog Ride to the Red Centre, inspiring all participants with her determination to get to Uluru on her humble CB250. Motivated by her ride and by her inclusion as a member of the Black Dog Ride, Jess is training as a Standard MHFA Instructor and is available to train you and your friends and colleagues now.
Region: Blue Mountains NSW, but will travel!
Michael "Youngie" Young is a long time Black Dog Rider and volunteer Coordinator of Black Dog Ride activities in QLD. Youngie is a former paramedic and currently works with QFES in emergency operations, giving Youngie a strong empathy for emergency service workers. Youngie will be available to train you and your friends in Standard MHFA from July 2016.
Region: South East QLD
Charles is a long time Black Dog Rider and volunteer Coordinator in Mackay. Charles has extensive experience in the NFP and Public Sector and is currently an accredited Mediator and Life Coach who enjoys being a skipper and trainer with his local Volunteer Marine Rescue. Charles is now available to train you and your colleagues in Standard MHFA.
Region: Mackay Whitsundays and surrounds, up to 500kms
Joining Black Dog Ride on our month long circumnavigation of Australia in 2014, Jamie "Koro" Painter now assists the volunteer Townsville Coordinator in organising Townsville's annual Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer. Koro is military veteran with a long career in the Corrections sector. Koro is now available to train you and your colleagues in Standard MHFA.
Region: Townsville and Surrounds
Adair leapt at the opportunity Black Dog Ride provided to work with her regional community to increase mental health literacy amongst Indigenous communities and related sector workers. Adair is available to train you, your friends and colleagues, in Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid.
Region: Townsville and Surrounds
John "Coullsy" Coulls is a long time Black Dog Rider and local mental health advocate in addition to being Black Dog Ride's volunteer Whyalla 1 Dayer Coordinator. Coullsy lives in regional SA and sees first hand the need for more MHFA training in rural areas. He is available to co-faciliate Standard MHFA Training immediately.
Region: Eyre Peninsula and surrounds
Ric has lived experience with the black dog and is a local mental health advocate, in addition to running a web design business and training people in MHFA. Visit Ric's website here for more info about Standard MHFA Training with Ric Raftis.
Region: Wedderburn, will travel throughout Victoria
Contact: Click here to contact Ric Raftis
Graeme has extensive experience in training and education, and is currently working in the TAFE sector as well as running his own training business. A long time Black Dog Rider, Graeme has also been a Mental Health First Aid Liaison on Black Dog Rides and is a retired 1 Dayer Coordinator.
Region: Perth, will travel throughout WA