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Mental Health First Aid for Creative Industry

Various dates
12 hours

Mental Health First Aid is the nationally accredited training for individuals and teams to be able to effectively respond to mental health issues. 

Rumpus is a non-profit creative agency and are pioneers of purposeful play experiences. We work with a diverse range of talented and skilled artists, educators and facilitators to deliver creative community programs.

Online Mental Health First Aid now available from Rumpus, it includes online learning and two live webinars.



Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach people simple, practical first aid skills for helping a family member, friend, co-worker or other person who is experiencing mental health problems. MHFA courses will teach you how to listen and respond to someone with a mental health problem, even if they are experiencing a crisis. You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need for the successful management of symptoms as part of their recovery journey. This could include self-help books or websites, accessing support through their GP, their school or place of work, online self-referral, support groups, and more.

What’s more, you’ll be able to actively reduce stigma in your community, by responding appropriately to myths and misunderstandings about mental illness.

Mental Health for creatives and creative industry is a growing and pressing issue, with the first ever study of Australian Creative Industry indicating that rates of depression and anxiety are higher than the general community. By gaining skills in understanding these issues, and how to respond, we will nourish the industry to deal with mental health in positive ways. Rumpus is a creative agency that excels a training and education through creative facilitation.

Attendance includes a MHFA Manual, Certificate of Attendance and a short assessment to obtain MHFA accreditation. There is no prerequisite required.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course teaches adults (18 years and over) how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of alcohol or other drug use
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours

The course runs over two consecutive days, with tea and morning tea provided.

Caitlin Marshall

Caitlin is the co-founder of Rumpus. She is qualified in social work and community development, and has worked in therapeutic direct practice settings including sexual assault services, youth work, homelessness and eating issues and disorders.

She is an experienced trainer and facilitator, having taught Cert IV Community Services and Cert IV Social Housing at Swinburne TAFE, tutored first year Social Work at Victoria University, facilitated a range of support groups and training, and founded an organisation that mentors community members in how to facilitate workshops!

Caitlin also currently works as a trainer for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, and regularly delivers training to staff teams on Managing Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace, Responding to Disclosures of Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Understanding Consent, Sex and Ethics.

Caitlin co-designed MakeShift, a creativity on prescription program that connects creative practices to treatment for mental health and social isolation.

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