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Lachlan O’Donoghue and Sarah Lovegrove (UNDA)

University of Notre Dame students will be better equipped to recognise mental health disorders and help those who are in crisis with the introduction of free mental health first aid training.

Students from the Fremantle campus will be given the opportunity to take part in a two-day mental health training course that is akin to a physical first aid course.

The nationally accredited course will teach students how to respond to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, giving them the confidence to start a conversation that could save a life.

The free training is the result of a university-first partnership between Notre Dame and youth mental health charity 20Talk.

20Talk general manager and Notre Dame student Lachlan O’Donoghue said the training would help students understand the signs, symptoms and early interventions for common mental health disorders.

“Having this training available and made free to young people – especially those within a university environment – not only helps the individual, it also helps all of their peers as well,” he said.

“It creates this ripple effect into the community.”

The mental health first aid training course was developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and has been running for almost 25 years.

20Talk will run the training and Notre Dame will promote the course and provide the venue and equipment.

Notre Dame Student Wellbeing Manager Sarah Lovegrove said the training aligned with the University’s early intervention and prevention strategies around the mental health and wellbeing of students.

“The skills and knowledge that students will learn in these workshops will be valuable beyond their time at Notre Dame. Students will be able to apply the training in their professional and personal lives after graduation.”


Free mental health training for students (Notre Dame University)