Free Mental Health and Wellbeing Training

Western Sydney University has an ongoing commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and campuses. Engaging our community in mental health and wellbeing training can support our community members to be active social change agents, help improve self-care and resilience, reduce stigma associated with mental illness, support early intervention, promote help seeking behaviour, and build the capacity of our university to be health promoting.

In 2018, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team, have partnered with Lifeline Macarthur to deliver a series of FREE Mental Health and Wellbeing training sessions across our campuses.

Thematically, the training supports mental health, suicide prevention or domestic violence literacy, with some sessions providing (relevant certificate) competency credits and/or accreditation. Practically the training will provide both personal and professional development opportunities for staff and students.

Who can attend the training?

All staff and students are encouraged to attend; however, student registrations are prioritised with a minimum number of student attendees per session. No prior training is need for any of the Lifeline training and all training is relevant to anyone who wants to gain skills in promoting health and wellbeing on campus and beyond.

When and where will the training be held?

Funding provided by South Western Sydney (SWS) Primary Health Network, Lifeline Macarthur are funding training on campuses falling with the SWS boundaries, namely, Bankstown, Campbelltown and Liverpool. Lifeline funded training has been secured until June 2019. However staff and students from all campuses are encouraged to attend these sessions.

To promote equitable access to Mental Health training, in 2019, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Team is funding Mental Health First Aid training on our Hawkesbury, Kingswood, Parramatta City and Parramatta South campuses. The team is currently exploring other funding options to support additional sessions across these campuses.

Please not sessions marked with a '*' are only opened to students, due to funding source.

What training is being offered and how do I register?

Registrations are completed through Eventbrite. Simply click on the link corresponding to your preferred session time and complete the registration form through the Eventbrite portal. Please note information provided through the registration form is forwarded and managed by Lifeline Macarthur for the purpose of confirming your place in the session.

Sessions will be filled based on registration order, with a small waitlist being filled post cancellations.

We require a minimum of one week’s notification if you are unable to attend the booked training session. Due to the demand for the FREE training sessions, failure to notify our team of non-attendance a week prior to the names session may potentially disqualify you from attending future training sessions.

In 2019, the following training opportunities have been made available. Please be advised that session need a minimum of 15 persons to continue, and a capped at 30 persons (in some sessions 40 persons). If a session is not going ahead, you will be advised via email a week prior to the session.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

The Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course is a two day (12 hours), face to face course created by Mental Health First Aid Australia to equip individuals with the skills to assist someone developing or experiencing a mental health concern. The Standard MHFA course covers: depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance misuse, trauma and more.

The course curriculum is evidence-based includes a Standard MHFA manual and nationally recognised digital Certificate of Completion. For our community, the 12-hour course will teach staff and students how to provide mental health first aid to peers and colleagues.

For more information on MHFA please visit MHFA – Standard Training (opens in a new window)

Register for a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Session - 2 full days


Bankstown Campus

Wednesday 31st July – Thursday 1st  August 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days) 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday 19th September - Friday 20th September 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days) 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campbelltown Campus

Tuesday 3rd - Wednesday 4th September 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days) 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Hawkesbury Campus*

No further sessions for 2019

Kingswood Campus*

Thursday 26th – Friday 27th September 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days)
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Liverpool Campus

Tuesday 20th - Wednesday 21st  August 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days)
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Parramatta City Campus*

No further sessions for 2019

Parramatta South Campus*

Thursday 17th – Friday 18th October 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days)
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday 28th – Friday 29th October 2019
9.00am – 4.30pm (both days)
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Persons

The four-hour Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person course created by Mental Health First Aid Australia equips individuals with skills on how to identify signs for suicide, confidentially support a person in crisis and develops skills and knowledge to safely have a conversation with a suicidal person. It provides to It is a stand-alone course that complements the 12-hour Standard MHFA course, Blended MHFA Courses and the 14-hour Youth MHFA course.

Please note that the MHFA for the Suicidal Person Course is not a postvention course and is not recommended for individuals recently bereaved by suicide.

The course content is based on expert consensus guidelines and includes an information handbook and a digital Certificate of Completion.

For more information on MHFA for Suicidal Persons please visit MHFA – Suicidal Persons MHFA – Suicidal Persons (opens in a new window).

Register for a Mental Health First Aid for Suicidal Persons Session - 4 hours


Bankstown Campus

Wednesday 28th August 2019
11.00am – 3.00pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campbelltown Campus

Thursday 25th July 2019
12.00pm  – 4.00pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Hawkesbury Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Kingswood Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Liverpool Campus

Tuesday 8th October 2019
10.00am – 12.00pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Parramatta South Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Parramatta City Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is two-day (15 hour), interactive workshop in suicide first-aid delivered by registered LivingWorks trainers. ASIST is considered one of the world’s leading suicide intervention workshops and equips individuals with the skills and knowledge to recognise when someone may be at risk of suicide and to develop and implement an effective suicide safety plan.

The ASIST workshop is divided into five sections; Preparing, Connecting, Understanding, Assisting, and Networking with participant receiving a 20-page workbook, wallet card, stickers and a Certificate of Completion.

For more information on ASIST please visit Living Works – ASIST (opens in a new window).

Register for a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Session - 2 full days

Bankstown Campus

Wednesday 11th – Thursday 12th September 2019
9.00am – 5.30pm (both days) 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campbelltown Campus

Wednesday 2nd – Thursday 3rd October 2019
9.00am – 5.30pm (both days) 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Liverpool Campus

Currently reviewing Spring session options, please review available session on alternative campuses

Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic Violence Awareness (DV-Awareness) is a two-hour interactive course supporting community member to discuss the issue of domestic violence and how they can help make a difference. DV-Aware identifies forms of domestic abuse, introduces the Cycle of violence and Duluth wheels (power and control, equality and empowerment) and teaches the basics to recognise the signs of domestic violence, respond appropriately and refer the case if necessary.

For more information on DV – Awareness please visit the Domestic Violence Response Training (opens in a new window)

Register for a Domestic Violence Awareness Session - 2 hours

Bankstown Campus

Monday 21st October 2019
12.00pm – 2.00pm 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Currently reviewing additional Spring session options

Campbelltown Campus

Thursday 5th September 2019
1.00pm – 3.00pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Currently reviewing additional Spring session options

Hawkesbury Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Kingswood Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Liverpool Campus

Wednesday 7th August 2019
10.00am – 12.00pm 
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Currently reviewing additional Spring session options

Parramatta South Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Parramatta City Campus

Currently exploring funding options for potential sessions, please review available session on alternative campuses
NO REGISTRATION OPTIONS

Domestic Violence Alert

Domestic Violence Alert (DV-Alert) is a two-day nationally recognised training program that enables frontline workers to confidently: RECOGNISE signs of domestic and family violence (DFV); RESPOND with appropriate care; and REFER people experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence to appropriate support services

Completion of this training provides:

  • A Certificate of Attainment for the unit of competency CHCDFV001 - Recognise and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence
  • Points for professional development, specifically for nurses (Continuing Professional Development/CPD hours of the mandatory 20-hour requirement for annual registration; 13 Continuing Nurse Education/CNE hours of the 30-hour professional development annual requirement

PLEASE NOTE: To register for the DV – Alert session you must be

  1. A current Western Sydney University Staff member
  2. A Current Western Sydney University student working in a paid or voluntary capacity at the University (when registering please note your current relevant employment position and organisation)
  3. A Western Sydney University student working in a paid or voluntary capacity (external to the university), as a childcare worker, frontline community worker or a frontline allied health worker.

For more information on DV – Awareness please visit the Domestic Violence Alert Training

Register for a Domestic Violence Alert (DV - Alert) Session - 2 full days


Bankstown Campus

Wednesday 9th – Thursday 10th October 2019
9.00am – 5.00pm (both days)
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Campbelltown Campus

Currently reviewing additional Spring session options

Liverpool Campus

Currently reviewing additional Spring session options

esuicideTALK

esuicideTALK is an online suicide awareness program developed by LivingWorks Education that helps participants explore issues surrounding suicide in a comfortable, safe and self-paced environment. esuicideTALK helps people take the first steps towards community suicide prevention, giving context to an issue which many may not have personal experience with. The course is an interactive learning experience which explores the prevalence and background of suicide in our society, helps participants understand suicide from the perspective of an individual once at risk of suicide, explains how to be receptive to at-risk individuals and ways in which to help. The course is free for staff and students and includes a nationally recognised digital Certificate of Completion.

Training is accessible through a voucher. Training vouchers usually carries a cost of $20 per session, but is currently FREE for Western Sydney Students and Staff.

For more information on esuicideTALK, please visit Living Works - esuicideTALK. (opens in a new window)

Register for an esuicideTALK voucher

To access the e-suicide sessions, you will need to register for a e-voucher. Once you register you will receive an email with an e-voucher and instructions on how to access the course. Please note vouchers get processed weekly.

REGISTER by sending your 1) Full name 2) Email and 3) Date of Birth in an email to Andrea Earl.

For more information on other student mental health and wellbeing initiatives on campus, please join the student Facebook Group: Western Sydney U – Mental Health and Wellbeing. (opens in a new window)

Contact details

For more information on the FREE Lifeline training, please contact Rowena Saheb, Mental Health and Wellbeing Promotions Coordinator or Andrea Earl, Mental Health and Wellbeing Student Assistant.

For more information on our partners Lifeline Macarthur, please visit Lifeline Macarthur (opens in a new window).

Resources

To learn more about Free, confidential counselling available to all students, please visit the Counselling Service webpage or call 1300 668 370 to make an appointment

To learn more about the Employee Assistance Program, please visit EAP.

If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Emergency Services on 000, or present to your nearest Emergency Department.

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