Supporting Educators’ and Parents’ Mental Health


This workshop gives leaders and managers, the first-aid skills to assist Families or staff experiencing mental health problems.

If you notice changes in the person’s mood, their behaviour, energy levels, habits or personality, you should consider a mental health issue as a possible reason for these changes. This could be an ongoing mental health problem, an acute mental health crisis situation, or the early stages of a mental illness.

Mention first-aid and most of us think of resuscitation or dealing with injuries or burns. But what should you do if you encounter someone having a panic attack, behaving aggressively (perhaps because of alcohol or drugs), or appearing suicidal?

In any year, more than one in five Australians over the age of 16 have a common diagnosable mental illness.

The “Supporting Educators’ and Parents’ Mental Health” workshop will provide managers with:

  • Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems;
  • Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems;
  • Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available;
  • Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support to someone experiencing a mental health problem;
  • Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour.


Supporting Educators’ and Parents’ Mental Health is a 1 day program customised specifically for leaders and managers in the children’s services sector.

Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of these mental health problem, how to help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.
The course takes a broad preventive approach, teaching how to recognise the signs some common mental health problems might be developing or in their early stages.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse


The course provides action plans for several scenarios where a parent or staff member:

  • may be having a panic attack
  • is severely affected by alcohol or drugs
  • is in a severely psychotic state (has severe disturbances in thinking, emotion and behaviour)
  • has had a traumatic event, such as being involved in an accident, assault, robbery or family violence
  • is acting aggressively
  • is having suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • is injuring themselves in a non-suicidal way


You’ll learn action plans to help someone in a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem. The Program has been well evaluated and found to be effective in improving mental health literacy, reducing stigma and increasing helping behaviours.


  • 1-Day Workshop
  • Workbook
  • Cheat Sheets
  • Case Studies
  • Certificate

$395 + GST









Leanne Craze is the Director of Craze Lateral Solutions, which is a consultancy in the areas of Mental health and social policy. Leanne has qualifications in social work (Bachelor of Social Work Hons 1 and PhD,  University of NSW and Science (Grad Dip Science Climate Change and Environmental Management). Leanne has over 30 years experience in a broad range of fields including mental health, health and community services. She has been extensively involved in both the NSW Association of Mental Health and Victorian Mental Health Legal Centre.