Counting on U

Counting on U Mental Health and Relationship Building Training Program

Mentally Well Workplaces and Deakin University combine to train 5000 business advisers and accountants in client relationship building and Mental Health First Aid in 2021 and 2022.

We are excited to announce that Mentally Well Workplaces will work with Deakin University to coordinate evidence based mental health and client relationship building training to accountants and other business advisers across Australia, via the Counting on U program.

This new program is driven by a current NHMRC-funded study undertaken by Deakin University in conjunction with Beyond BlueWorkSafe Victoria, the Institute for Public Accountants (IPA), CPA AustraliaChartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA).

The project received further funding from the Department of Innovation, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER), which awarded Deakin a further $2.238million to expand the program and train a further 4000 accountants.

The program will deliver professional development sector-wide for trusted business advisers (including financial planners, bookkeepers, business auditors, insolvency experts and accountants) and will incorporate both Mental Health First Aid training and a relationship-centred, business mentoring approach in order to support the mental health and business related needs of small business owners and their clients

The program was developed prior to the current pandemic, however is being hailed as extremely important in the context of COVID-19.  It is increasingly likely that many SME owners and operators will have experienced some form of heightened distress and anxiety during COVID, which may be evident during conversations with their financial planners, business advisers and accountants.

Amy Guest, Co-Founder at Mentally Well Workplaces, said “This is a fantastic initiative and a great opportunity for small business advisors to upskill in crucial relationship building techniques and Mental Health First Aid.  These skills are invaluable, particularly at this current time.  We are delighted to be working with Deakin on this project“.

The Mentally Well Workplaces team look forward to coordinating the mental health and client relationship building training in 2021, which will assist with important wellbeing research for small business advisers and owners in need, in-turn helping their own clients, families and the finance industry as a whole.

It is time Australian workplaces took Mental Health seriously!

Please feel free to give us a call on 1300 199 849 to discuss a tailored plan for your workplace.

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Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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*Please note this guide is written for employers and employees therefore we require a work email to ensure we know it is being sent to an organisation.

Tina Winchester

Director and MHFA Trainer Coordinator
Principal Master Mental Health Instructor

Instructor Profile

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Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.