Meet our talented Principal Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Trudy Hodge

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Trudy Hodge, Principal Master Instructor, MHFA Trainer Profile;

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

I first became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor in 2006, it was in the very early stage of the role out. I thought it was amazing, first of its kind, and as the years have shown us, this program is changing lives not only in Australia, but all over the world. I was inspired to become a trainer after working in the Community sector as a Social Worker and seeing first-hand, and often at the crisis stage, the impact of Mental Health in our Community.

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

I believe Mental Health First Aid training is important for everyone.

People in the Financial Services Profession are unique, as they are working with people, dealing with important aspects of their lives already. They are building relationships with their clients and are well positioned to see changes in people. Having mental health first aid skills means that they can assist a client that may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference.

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

We have all had to endure a lot over the last 18 months, helping skill the Financial Services professionals, will ultimately have a huge flow on affect to the many members of our communities that they assist.

This is a great program with a great Team, the Team at Mentally Well Workplaces are Deadly.

Their passion and commitment to the program is amazing.

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

  1. Make people feel comfortable.
  2. Ensure people walk away, feeling they have learnt new skills.
  3. Having an extensive background in Drug and Alcohol, I definitely like to ensure this section is covered well.

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

Connecting with my culture, stand up paddle boarding, Camping, Hiking and walking my dog on the beach.

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

I recommend all businesses in ALL Industries to complete Mental Health First Aid Training. This is an Internationally recognised, evidence based educational program that provides skills to support early intervention and crisis support to people who may be experiencing a Mental Health problem. I think like first Aid, this should be a priority in all workplaces and supported by Government.

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