Stepping Stone Trust - Community Mental Health Recovery Services | Mental Health First Aid
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Phone Wayne – 027 4411 072

Click here to view our Pamphlet (downloadable & printable)

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.
  • Course times: 9am – 4pm both days.
  • Catering: Includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
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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;
  • Counselors, 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.

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

Send an email to mhfa@stepstone.org.nz or phone our Coordinator on 027 4411 072 and let us know your requirements. We can arrange courses to suit you and your organisation’s needs.

Next Courses coming up in 2022

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: mhfa@stepstone.org.nz and we will be in touch.

  1.  FEBRUARY 17 & 18 – Christchurch – OPEN TO ALL – click here for more.
  2.  FEBRUARY 24 & 25th – Ashburton – OPEN for Youth Workers, School Counsellors, those who work with teens, and parents/caregivers of teens; in association with Ashburton CADS and Mana Ka Rere – click here for more.
  3.  MARCH 31 & 1 APRIL – Christchurch – OPEN for Youth Workers, School Counsellors, those who work with teens, and parents/caregivers of teens; in association with Odyssey House and Mana Ka Rere – click here for more.
  4.  APRIL 22 & 23 – Christchurch – OPEN TO ALL – click here or more.
  5.  MAY 5 & 6 – fully booked.
  6.  MAY TBC – Rangiora – OPEN for Youth Workers, School Counsellors, those who work with teens, and parents/caregivers of teens.
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How to enrol

  • Email mhfa@stepstone.org.nz 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.

Course Presenters – accredited course facilitators

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

Wayne

Wayne Linklater - Internal Trainer and Mental Health First Aid Coordinator at Stepping Stone Trust. Wayne holds a Diploma in Mental health and is an experienced Trainer and Facilitator, with many years’ experience leading teams as well as working directly with Tangata Whaiora. Having experienced his own journey through addiction recovery, Wayne brings knowlege, experience and compassion in his work supporting men through difficult times. Wayne's special interest areas are in Maori and Pasifika Mental Health.

Wayne Linklater

Mental Health First Aid Coordinator
Janelle

Janelle Butcher - Registered Social Worker, supporting those on a recovery journey at Hillmorton Hospital. Janelle is an engaging Facilitator and experienced Tutor, specialising in empowering women to progress their learning journey. She also works at the Women's Centre and Ara Institute of Canterbury, tutoring adult students. 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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Naumai Rakatau - Residential Support Worker and Tikanga Māori Advisor. Experienced working in residential facilities within the Youth Justice system. Past and current experience as a Programme Facilitator in both residential and community settings, holding qualifications in Mental Health & Addiction, with a special interest in Wellbeing and Tikanga Māori.

Naumai Rakatau

Residential Support Worker and Tikanga Māori Advisor
Jess

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. She is highly regarded in the health sector as a dynamic Facilitator, who creates an inclusive and engaging learning environment, and is able to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds, with a special interest in Youth health and wellbeing.

Jess Lawless

Registered Psychologist
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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