Stepping Stone Trust - Community Mental Health Recovery Services | Mental Health First Aid
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About this Course

  • This Mental Health First Aid course has been developed over 15 years by a combination of university researchers, professionals, and people with lived experience of mental distress and illness in Australia and New Zealand. Read more here.
  • It is an accredited, international programme and has been presented to over 4 million participants in 24 countries. It is adapted under license in New Zealand to reflect New Zealand cultures, services, and statistics. Read more here.
  • Stepping Stone Trust is accredited to provide the standard adult 2-day Mental Health First Aid course of 14 hours.
  • Watch this video to get an idea of what the course has to offer.

Who should do this course

  • Employees, Team Members, Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders;
  • Contractors who work with others;
  • Sports Coaches, Sports Team Managers, Club Captains;
  • Leaders of faith communities;
  • First Aiders looking to extend their skills;
  • Those seeking a professional development opportunity;
  • Teachers, Tutors, Instructors, Volunteers;
  • Counsellors, Life Coaches, Mentors;
  • Those looking to increase their confidence in helping those around them;
  • Any adult responsible for the well-being of others, or looking to learn how to provide mental health first aid, with a view to helping others, whether in the workplace or their community.
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Next Courses coming up in 2021

Registrations are open now for the course dates listed below, from anyone interested. Send an email with your details, preferred course dates, and any questions, to us at: and we will be in touch.

  • SEPTEMBER (Musselburgh Baptist Church, 131 Musselburgh Rise, Dunedin) – Postponed – New dates TBA.
  • OCTOBER – this course will run over four evenings, all of which must be attended: Tue. 12th, Thu. 14th, Tue. 19th, Thu. 21st, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
  • NOVEMBER – Friday 5th and Saturday 6th – 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.

Location: Christchurch.

Catering: Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, with coffee/tea/juice.

Need a course tailored and delivered to your Workplace or Organisation? 

Send an email to: and let us know your requirements. We can arrange courses to suit you and your organisation’s needs.

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How to enrol

  • Email with your name and contact phone number (note: your place is not secured until fees are paid).
  • Fee: $395.00 (this includes the Mental Health First Aid course book / manual, as well as morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on both days).
  • Payment: Please pay by direct credit to bank account 03-1703-0038712-000 then write ‘MHFA’ in Reference and your name in Particulars.
  • Subsidies: occasionally we receive grants to provide part payment for course fees. Currently, we can offer significantly reduced rates if you work or volunteer in a church setting or community ministry or if you are a 24/7 worker. We also have a small hardship fund. Please mention in your email if any of these may apply to you or call reception on 03 338 6390 to discuss.
  • Alternatively, you’re welcome to click the button below to buy your tickets now through our event partner, Humanitix.

Course Presenters – accredited course facilitators

Hover over the Facilitator photos below to find out more about them.


Jess Lawless - Registered Child and Family Psychologist, working at Child, Adolescent and Family Community Services (CAF) North. Jess has an extensive background in Community Mental Health in both residential and community settings with adults and youth and is highly regarded as a dynamic, inclusive and engaging course facilitator.

Jess Lawless

Registered Psychologist

Janelle Butcher - Registered Social Worker, working at Hillmorton Hospital and tutoring at the Women's Centre, as well as Ara. Janelle has an extensive background spanning many years in Mental Health and has a special interest in Women's Health.

Janelle Butcher

Registered Social Worker
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Sean Pawson - Ecumenical Chaplain at Stepping Stone Trust, te Rōpū o te Taumata Kōhatu. Sean is a member of the New Zealand Healthcare Chaplains Association. He has significant experience working in community and residential mental health and many years of personal lived experience with depression and anxiety. He is a down-to-earth, engaging, insightful, and empathic facilitator with a special interest in the relationship between mental & spiritual/wairua health.

Sean Pawson

Ecumenical Chaplain