Mental Health Matters

Welcome to the Mental Health Matters Online Program!

Congratulations on making the effort to focus on your own wellbeing.

As an emergency service volunteer, you are used to looking out for the safety and wellbeing of others. Sometimes the last person you care for is yourself but your mental health matters!

This program will help you to:

        Build your confidence to identify the early signs and symptoms of mental ill health in yourself and others

        Know what you can do to support your own wellbeing

        Understand self-stigma and how that can affect help seeking and recovery

        Know where to get help if you need it

        Be confident to have an effective R U OK conversation

Now, encourage your partner or a friend or colleague to do the program with you. As well as being good for them too, it will give you both a buddy to discuss what you learn.

Step 1: Worksheet

Start by printing off the worksheet below.

We will be referring to this in the videos and asking you to complete the activities.

The document is available in either Word or PDF format.

Step 2: Helping Yourself Video

Listen to program one video below: Helping Yourself. This will take about an hour.

If you want to know more about having RUOK conversations in different setting, have a look here.

Step 3: Ask a Question

Ask Shannon any question using the question form here.

Our Mental Health Matters facilitator Shannon Hood will be responding to questions submitted anonymously on this page within three business days so others can also benefit from Shannon’s answers.

Step 4: Helping Others Video

Listen to program two video below: Helping Others. This will take about an hour.

Step 5: Short Evaluation Survey

Complete the Short Evaluation Survey on Survey Monkey to let us know what you think about the program.

Step 6: Share

If you enjoyed the program, please give us a shout out on social media or provide us a Google Business or Facebook review encouraging others to do it too. Our social links below can be used to tag ESF and our hashtags are: #ESFBetterTogether #MentalHealthMatters

This is a pilot and will be available until 2 November 2021.

Thank you, and we hope you find this Mental Health Matters online program beneficial.

If you have any queries about the program, please contact us here.