Wise Minds

Training and Consultancy

Businesses are increasingly aware that mental health issues contribute to a loss of productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism and injuries in the workplace. Employers of choice recognise their duty of care for the wellbeing of their employees, which helps to attract and retain high-quality staff.

We offer various training and consultancy programs for industry and community sectors*. RAW offers a grants program to community groups who would like to receive free mental health and suicide prevention training. We offer a series of free workshops each year, and if you would like to apply, please complete our Expressions of Interest form, and return it to admin@rawtas.com.au.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

This course will allow you to help someone experiencing a mental health or substance-use related crisis. You’ll learn how to recognise warning signs, how to help in a crisis, and where to go for more help. We offer three course options: General MHFA, Over 65 MHFA, or Youth MHFA. Each course addresses key issues faced throughout the lifespan.

Duration: 12-14 hours over 2 days

MHFA for the Suicidal Person

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be confident in talking to someone who is contemplating suicide. The course is informed by expert consensus of people with lived experience and professionals.

Duration: 4 hours (this course complements the 12-14 hour MHFA courses)

MHFA for Non-suicidal Self Injury

This course is for any interested adult (18+) to learn how to assist a person who is engaging in self-injury. The course is informed by expert consensus of people with lived experience and professionals.

Duration: 4 hours

Industry Training & Support

RAW offers free consultancy to businesses and organisations concerned about employee mental health, and can host worker awareness toolbox meetings. We also provide customised training for managers, team leaders and crew members in various industries to reduce stigma, promote help-seeking, increase understanding, and promote proactivity in mental wellbeing.

Duration: varied

Rural Minds 

This course is for people who live and work on the land. Learn about risk factors, signs and symptoms, skills to prevent mental health issues, and where to go for more help. Our trainers will come to your community and involve anyone who is passionate about making a difference.

Duration: 4 hours

Custom Training - for a specific need

RAW will work with you to create a program to promote mental health and wellbeing in your workforce, and provide information on their return on investment. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Duration: varied

What you can expect from our trainers

Our highly skilled and inspirational trainers work state-wide, with years of experience in mental health and suicide prevention in both industry and community sectors. 

John Clark is our Wise Minds Team Leader, and a former chemical engineer with over ten years’ experience working in mental health and suicide prevention. He is a certified trainer with Mental Health First Aid Australia, is a Beyond Blue public speaker, and has a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. As someone who has experienced first-hand the effect of workplace burnout, depression and anxiety, John brings his lived experience, coupled with his strong industry background, to be uniquely placed to support businesses who understand that employee wellbeing plays a major role in productivity, employee satisfaction and retention. Contact jclark@rawtas.com.au

Nev Alempijevic is our Practice Manager, and has worked as a Counsellor in the construction industry and brings a wealth of knowledge holding a post graduate diploma in Industrial Organisational Psychology and a Masters degree in suicideology. She has a strong interest in trauma, PTSD and counselling. Her current role includes training and supervising industrial peer support workers in one of Tasmania’s largest workforces. Contact nev@rawtas.com.au

What our clients have said about us

''It's a great course - comprehensive but not overwhelming. It's made me feel a lot more confident in my knowledge of mental health and also how to approach and assist someone facing difficulties with their mental health.''

''Instructor was brilliant as he allowed questions throughout but managed to get the conversation back on track with the course. Was very engaging and made it very easy to understand the information.''

''The instructor was a fantastic presenter, especially in keeping us engaged. I especially liked how he was open to our group bringing up real life examples as this helped me gain a deeper understanding of the MHFA course material. He was fun and allowed a good laugh, but he was also disciplined enough to keep us on track.''

*Charges may apply

Wise Minds is a social enterprise, generating much needed funds for suicide prevention. Communities, businesses and industries who choose to use Wise Minds for their mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention training needs, support suicide prevention and help save lives across Tasmania. Contact us to find out if charges apply.