Funding is available to run two Blended Mental Health First Aid Community Courses, for up to 12 people in each

THE Rural Woman wishes to change negative attitudes and behaviours about mental health disorders and treatments. Empowering those affected to reach out for help and support.

With thanks to the In a Good Place Program we are able to fully fund 24 people to participate in the Blended Mental Health First Aid Community Course.

Intake 1 

  • Applications Close 30 September (intake 1)
  • Welcome call 6 October 12noon
  • Workshop dates 12th – 13th October 9am-12noon

Intake 2

  • Applications Close October 28th (intake 2)
  • Welcome call 1st November 7pm
  • Workshop dates 8th – 9th November 6pm-9pm

Do you want to support women who are:

  • Facing environmental events, such as fire and floods or drought
  • Experiencing injury and death, death of  livestock and loss of buildings because of these events
  • Experiencing declines in businesses and employment
  • Experiencing loss of social fabric, loss of friends or family when they leave town

Express your interest today

The Blended Mental Health First Aid Community Course will teach you how to provide initial support to other adults aged 18-65 who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence based Action Plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals. And delivered by Priscilla Jaya.

The Blended Mental Health First Aid Course is delivered in 2 components:

  1. A self paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete)
  2. An instructor-led component using Zoom (2 x 2.5 hrs)

Mental health problems covered:

  1. Depression and anxiety
  2. Psychosis
  3. Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered

  1. Suicidal thoughts and behavours
  2. Panic attacks
  3. Traumatic events
  4. Severe psychotic states
  5. Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  6. Aggressive behaviours

Master Trainer

Priscilla Jaya

Leadership Trainer, Coach
RN/ Health Coach
Mental Health Coach and Trainer
The Richards Trauma Process
Practitioner/ Trauma Therapist
Beyond Blue Speaker and Ambassador

“When you do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life.

Priscilla lives by this principle because what she does is her passion and purpose in life. Having migrated to Australia in 2004 and coming from a CALD background, life has been anything but interesting. Priscilla’s journey in Australia began as a Registered Nurse in the
CardioThoracic ICU of Westmead Hospital, she has been an RN for 20 years.

After losing her brother to suicide, Priscilla was led on a path to empower herself with the skills needed to save other brothers and sisters from suicide. Today she is saving many lives through spreading knowledge and skilling people to have these difficult conversations. She is called The CPR Chick for the life-saving education she provides.

Priscilla has had her own lived experience of PTSD, Depression, and suicidality, she has lived through bullying, harassment, and trauma. Not wanting to live in victim mode, Priscilla worked hard to overcome those challenges, heal herself, and today she helps many overcome those challenges through her work as a Trauma Therapist/Coach. She
works with clients dealing with the trauma of DV, sexual abuse, abandonment, bullying, depression, anxiety, PTSD.

Leadership/Mental Health Training – Priscilla’s love of training and coaching began in 2015, she is certified by the world’s best leadership guru John C. Maxwell and accredited as MHFA Instructor by MHFAI. Leadership is influence, her training style reflects influence and experience. As Einstien says – “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience. You need the experience to gain wisdom.” Anyone can provide information, but it takes experience to impart wisdom. Priscilla has facilitated training for workplaces dealing with serious incidents such as bullying, harassment, suicide. When it comes to Mental Health and critical incident skills Priscilla comes with the knowledge and the wisdom of lived experience, as well as the experience of having helped clients with trauma and empowered them to transformation.

Some of the organisations Priscilla has worked with are – Cootamundra/Gundagai Council, Department of Primary Industries, Multicultural Council of Wagga, Dept of Education NSW, Rivtow Marine WA, Training Services NSW, Flourish Australia, NSW Rural Fire Service, The Rural Woman, Rural Woman’s Network, Caterpillar Inc. India, Maniranjan Diesels Dealers of Cummins Engines India, ANSR Solutions India, and other International organsations, local schools, NPOs, organisations around the Riverina and different parts of NSW/Vic/WA.

Proof in the pudding – Glen McTear – CGRC (2019)

“Today I completed a 2-day mental health course with my work where Priscilla was the presenter. I could not recommend this course and presenter more highly. Priscilla has outstanding skills as a trainer, she was most engaging and always interesting, The course topic is sometimes quite confronting yet Priscilla ensured every participant was cared for and comfortable. I tip my hat to a very skillful educator, thank you Priscilla.

18th July 2022

THE Rural Woman The Rural Woman together with the State Government of NSW