About us

Meet the MWW Founders

Learn more about us and what we stand for.

Who we are:

Mentally Well Workplaces was born from four founders, Amy, Tina and Sally who had a realisation that most organisations don’t spend enough time talking about mental health! Our team noticed how businesses were prepared to induct employees in physical health and risk training, but often failed to equip their employees with quality mental health training.

Instead of waiting for someone else to step in, we set out to remedy this issue ourselves. In 2018, we created our world-first online mental health induction for employers and employees, which soon grew to include a full suite of holistic mental health services. It’s our holistic approach that sets us apart. Our comprehensive model focuses on ensuring your workplace is implementing training, raising awareness and tracking for ongoing success across all sectors of your organisation. From office-based organisations to industrial sites to remote workers, MWW provides the tools to ensure your workplace is successfully promoting and implementing positive mental health strategies.

Our now growing team (including trainers in nearly every State in Australia) are constantly striving to evolve as we work with some of Australia’s largest and most forward thinking companies. As testament to our hard work and professionalism, in 2020, we where selected to coordinate and rollout one of Australia’s largest ever online MHFA programs known as Counting on U. 

We relish in finding innovative ways to improve employee wellbeing for your business, using a combination of evidence, education and actively listening to the needs of the individuals in the workplace.

Our mission and vision

For many of us, our place of work is where we spend a significant portion of our time. Having support and knowing how to give support in the workplace is essential, especially considering that one in five Australians aged between 16-85 experience a mental illness each year.

MWW’s mission is to help all businesses create mentally well work environments, allowing the individuals and teams that make up your organisation to be happier, healthier and more productive. A workplace culture free of the discrimination and stigma which often surrounds mental health means a more successful workplace!

Our ultimate goal is to increase the productivity of workplaces across Australia and ensure that every employee is either educated in or inducted in evidence based mental health training.

Why we do it?

We’ve seen the cost poor workplace mental health can have on Australian businesses and new statistics emerge every year. We believe that every employee deserves access to affordable mental health training and resources, its should be a much of a right as having clean water and toilet paper in your place of work!

If you’ve noticed any of signs of poor mental health in your workplace, or if you’re aware that your employee’s mental wellbeing needs more focus, then our team are here to assist you in implementing the mental health training that’s right for your business. Through our accredited global training courses, mental health inductions and awareness workshops, we’re aiming to help every organisation overcome these issues and realise the benefits of a mentally well workplace.

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Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

Tina has over 25 years’ experience working in Mental Health services in Australia and the UK and is an accredited ‘Principal Master’ Mental Health First Aid Instructor & co-creator of Australia’s first ‘Workplace Mental Health Induction’

Tina’s passion includes advocating for the creation of more mental health awareness in workplaces across the country including helping employees identify, cope with and address Mental Health issues at work.

Originally from the UK Tina has 25+ years’ experience working in Mental Health Services, predominantly in Service Improvement across primary, secondary and tertiary services in both inpatient and community settings.

Professionally Tina worked closely with the Department of Health and Department of Psychiatry in the UK, heading up Service Improvement Projects to support the National Service Framework for Mental Health.

 

Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

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What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Learn about a modern mental health workplace model including:

  • A step by step guide to creating a mentally well workplace
  • Leaders and employees responsibilities
  • Building a foundation for success
  • Implement a mental health plan
  • Training required to develop employee awareness
  • Appropriate skills to identify psychological risks
  • And much more.
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Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

q icon

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

q icon

What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

q icon

Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Trish Thomas

Principal Master Mental Health Instructor
Counting on U Trainer

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

After completing my Psychology degree, I went on to do my Masters in Rehabilitation Counselling where I was researching early intervention programs tailored to mental health. I came across the MHFA program and knew straight away that I wanted in! I’m passionate about raising awareness around mental health and breaking down stigma, which is exactly what MHFA sets out to achieve. I’ve seen the difference the program can have on those who have taken part in the training, both in their own personal lives and with assisting others struggling with mental health concerns. It’s invaluable training that certainly broadens your outlook. I have been training both face to face and online now for the past 3 years.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

I think mental health education is important for everyone, yet we know there is a strong association between mental health problems and financial difficulties. This relationship is complex and can go both ways, with mental health problems leading to financial difficulties, and financial difficulties increasing the likelihood of developing mental health problems. Professionals who work within the financial sector are in a prime position to notice early signs of mental health conditions developing in their clients. By being equipped with the skills and knowledge from MHFA training, they can support and guide their clients to receive appropriate help. This is really important as research has shown us the people are more likely to receive help if someone they know suggests it, and early help can result in less impact on a person’s life.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

I think it’s fantastic and long overdue that mental health education be aimed to the workplace, particularly to professionals who have a higher likelihood of interacting with clients and colleagues impacted by life’s challenges, such as financial difficulties. The Counting on U Program offers the additional relationship building training along with the MHFA training, which is aimed at increasing our own self awareness and strengthening communication skills and relationships.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • I like to create a safe and comfortable environment right from the start that encourages participants to engage and discuss topics with ease and confidence.
  • I focus on ensuring the content is understood by everyone, and enhance content with examples that I have experienced in my own work with individuals which strengthens understanding.
  • Be prepared to spend extra time on content that is emotionally heavy, such as suicide. I find this is really important as suicide is one of the most confronting topics to talk about, I like to make sure that participants questions are all answered and they feel as comfortable as possible with the key components of the training

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What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Laughter, laughter, and more laughter! Along with Exercise and social interactions, oh and my chocolate Labrador! Having a good laugh goes a long way, even at my own expense – which is generally instigated by my adorable children! I call exercise my “medication”- it helps my mood, motivation and my general outlook. And exercise for me means any type of activity that gets me moving. Being out in the great outdoors also helps, especially by a river or at the beach.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

I believe that MHFA is a program that everyone would benefit from, just like learning physical first aid. Mental illness impacts just under 50% of the Australian population in their lifetime, it does not discriminate and tends to present itself in our prime working years, therefore we are all going to be exposed to it in some point of our lives. This in itself shows the importance of learning MHFA and knowing the signs of declining mental health, so we can reach out and encourage help seeking for those in need. Learning MHFA also helps to break down stigma, I look forward to the day where we are talking about mental health with the ease that we talk about physical health!

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

q icon

What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

q icon

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

q icon

What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

q icon

What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

q icon

Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

q icon

What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

q icon

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

q icon

What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

q icon

What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

q icon

Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

q icon

What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

q icon

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

q icon

What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

q icon

What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

q icon

Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

q icon

What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

q icon

Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

q icon

What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

q icon

What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

q icon

Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

q icon

What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

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What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

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What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Q & A

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What inspired you to become a MHFA Instructor and how long have you been delivering the courses?

Mental Health First Aid has such a great reputation across the world that becoming an Instructor was inevitable for me. Having worked in mental health services for 20 years in the UK, then as a trainer/assessor for the Diploma of Counselling here in Australia, I saw throughout my career the need for good and credible training in understanding mental health and mental illness, and Mental Health First Aid provides that. I have been training MHFA since 2016 and have delivered the course to members of the public and organisations both large and small.

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Why do you think Mental Health First Aid training is so important for financial professionals?

Financial distress contributes significantly to our mental health and financial professionals are working with clients every day who may be struggling. Early intervention is critical to supporting people and possibly preventing a worse outcome, but to do this effectively we need knowledge of signs to look for, how to approach a conversation and where people can access professional help.

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What makes you so passionate about your work as an MHFA Instructor for the Counting on U Program with Mentally Well Workplaces?

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to co-author, facilitate and deliver the Counting on U Program. At Mentally Well Workplaces our focus is on reaching as many people as possible in Australian workplaces to ensure employers and employees have an opportunity to learn about mental health and how to support each other. My passion comes from many years working in mental health services and seeing how essential it is that stigma is eliminated and replaced with empathy and understanding. Mental ill health is not a life sentence, but it is a hard road for some, with this type of training we can contribute to ensuring that people who are struggling are met with kindness, hope, strategies for accessing professional help and are not met with judgement.

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What are 3 things you like to focus on and do exceptionally well when delivering Mental Health First Aid courses?

  • Creating a relaxed environment where participants feel comfortable.
  • Using my experience of working with people with mental illness to make the content real, personable and relatable.
  • Lightening the mood to put people at ease, in a respectful way.

q icon

What are your own self-care practices for staying mentally well?

Self-care is essential for all of us, my top tips are:

Prioritise sleep. Changes to sleep are often the first sign that we are under pressure. I aim to get between 7-9 hours of good quality sleep every night – very few people can function well with less than 7 hours.

Ditch the hustle mentality. Working long hours, without breaks will have a negative impact on your mental health. We simply cannot be productive if we don’t take breaks and switch off. The 24/7 grind is not something to be celebrated!

Check your thinking. Most people believe every thought they have and respond to every emotion they feel.

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Why would you recommend finance professionals, small business owners and employees in general become accredited Mental Health First Aiders?

Skills learned in Mental Health First Aid can be life changing and life saving. MHFA teaches participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental illness or in a mental health crisis. Assistance is provided until appropriate professional health is received or the crisis resolves. Often people misunderstand the signs or symptoms of a decline in mental health or worry about how to approach a person, undertaking Mental Health First Aid provides an evidence based effective program. MHFA for Financial Services Professionals has been written specifically to teach people how to assist a co-worker, client or any person in financial distress who may need mental health support.