Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training

Mental health training for your organisation or group.

Have you noticed a colleague, client or friend displaying signs of stress, anger, depression, or despair? What do you do? What do you say? Are you equipped to handle conversations with someone in crisis?

At Lifeline Gippsland we are committed to raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. A community that is trained to recognise and respond to a person in crisis is the best safety net and builds resilient communities.

Become confident in starting a conversation that could save a life.

Why choose Lifeline Gippsland training?

Lifeline Gippsland is a not for profit charity. By choosing to do your training through Lifeline Gippsland you are not only getting the very best mental health and suicide prevention training by the leading organisation in mental health, but you are also helping to support our 13 11 14 crisis line and saving lives. To find out more about Lifeline Gippsland’s vision, purpose and values, check out our About page.

Training courses offered through Lifeline Gippsland

Accidental Counsellor

  • An accidental counsellor is a counsellor by chance. This program discusses how to recognise someone experiencing an emotional crisis or a developing mental health issue and how to respond appropriately. Sessions for this course highlight the importance of self care and prioritising your own wellbeing as you support others.
    Becoming an accidental counsellor will give participants the confidence to use simple tools to recognise, understand, and respond to those in crisis. Please note that the Accidental Counsellor training will not qualify you to become a professional counsellor or to provide ongoing support.
  • Accidental Counsellor flyer

Psychological First Aid

  • A crisis support training program that equips participants to provide support to people in the aftermath of a disaster or critical event.
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Strong minds during difficult times

  • This training course focuses on the COVID-19 crisis and stress and the range of emotions we are all experiencing with changes to our working environment. This training looks at how to face these challenges and look after ourselves so that we can support others.
  • Strong minds during difficult times flyer

Mind Your Mates

  • This course is about how to have a conversation with someone starting with R U OK? We recognise that it can be hard to start a conversation with someone you are worried about. We can ask R U OK? but what do we say if the answer is “no”?
    This training provides tips and resources to promote life changing conversations with your family, friends and colleagues, at home, your workplace, or in your community. Learn simple tools to support those around you, and become confident in asking about suicidal thoughts and how to look after yourself while you support others.
  • Mind Your Mates flyer

Mental Health First Aid

  • Understanding how to talk about mental health and help someone in need are important skills, but many people feel uncomfortable and unprepared to start a conversation with someone they are concerned about. In the Mental Health First Aid course you will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems and learn the skills to feel confident to be able to help.
    Having mental health first aid skills means that you can assist someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis and make a real difference to your community.
  • Mental Health First Aid flyer

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) Training

  • This program discusses how to recognise someone experiencing an emotional crisis or a developing mental health issue and how to respond appropriately.
    Responding appropriately at the right time to someone experiencing a crisis can positively affect the outcome for that individual.
  • NSSI flyer

Conversations About Suicide

  • Learn how to provide mental health first aid to someone who is feeling suicidal.
    This course will teach you how to identify, approach and support someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours using a practical, evidence-based action plan. You will also have the opportunity to practise your new skills in a safe environment.
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Leanne Potter, Corporate Trainer, Lifeline Gippsland
Ph: 03 5136 3500, email contact

Meet Our Corporate Training Lead: Leanne Potter

Leanne is one of Australia’s leading presenters and educators in the area of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. As a counsellor, corporate trainer, and international speaker, Leanne’s skills lie in communicating, educating and inspiring audiences. Holding a strong belief that conversations can save lives, Leanne has worked in the government, education, and community sectors for over 25 years with a focus on mental health, suicide intervention/prevention, and Autism.

Lifeline Gippsland’s aim is to make our communities suicide aware, mental health literate, and inclusive for all. We work to provide those experiencing a crisis, their carers, and their communities with the supports, tools, and knowledge to have a conversation, reconnect with hope, and develop safety options. This is achieved through developing and delivering programs suitable for any member of the community, to increase knowledge, understanding, and the confidence to start life changing conversations.