Resilience First Aid Course
Resilience First Aid is about being proactive – a preventative approach to mental health. Learn how to build mental fitness through a practical strength-based approach.
Why Resilience First Aid?
Only 1 in 10 people have resilience that’s strong enough to protect against mental illness. This means 9 out of 10 of people can benefit from increasing resilience skills to boost protection against depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental ill-health.
50% of people will experience a period of mental illness in their life, but only two thirds will feel confident to talk about it with someone they trust.
In Australia, the mental health crisis costs somewhere between $43 billion and $51 billion per year, while a further $130 billion is the cost of the loss in productivity due to the mental health issues.
This is why we need to take a preventative approach to mental health. Rather than waiting until people need professional treatment, we can start supporting each other to connect and build mental wellness proactively.
Don’t wait until the people around you are struggling.
Take on the challenge now to build mental health proactively.
This is how we can make a long-term impact.
Proactive mental health builds personal capacity that can help an individual avoid various mental health problems. It can also identify issues much earlier and prevent costs to the individual, the community, and society at large. Proactive mental health is more affordable and accessible and comes with more benefits than reactive mental illness treatment.
When we care earlier for the mental wellbeing of our friends, family, and colleagues, we can start to shift this global trend. This means we bring forward mental health intervention and we focus on building strengths in ourselves and each other – protective factors that prevent depression and mental illness through improved resilience and wellbeing.
This is proactive mental health.
What is Resilience First Aid?
Resilience First Aid (RFA) is a mental health certification that teaches strength-based skills to support resilience in others and build meaningful relationships. You will learn how to spot signs of low resilience in others, learn the language to talk proactively to people in need, and learn skills to help build their resilience. This makes Resilience First Aid a highly proactive approach to suicide prevention through building meaningful connections and skills to have impactful conversations.
Many people don't know what protects mental health, how to talk about it and what resources and skills are available. This is what Resilience First Aid will teach you.
Members of the public can offer proactive first aid/advice and have a conversation to help build resilience.
Many people don’t realise how important their mental health is until they are suffering, and it affects their everyday life. We need to act now.
The Resilience First Aid Approach:
This is a new approach to put trained mental health champions in place who actively boost the resilience and mental health in their communities. The course does so by teaching an effective conversational method called the ALL Protocol, followed by a detailed understanding of the six domains of resilience, skills and functional features of each to notice in others, as well as practical language tools to have meaningful conversations.
In addition, participants are given access to ongoing tools and assessments to explore and build their own resilience to create sustainability of the teachings, alongside resources that help facilitate conversations and build awareness.
The skills learned through Resilience First Aid apply to all relationships - with family, with friends, with colleagues, and all other interactions. The ALL Protocol taught through the certification is highly useful and applicable in everyday life, with participants frequently experiencing daily occurrences where they notice themselves using the ALL Protocol. It’s simple, easy to remember, and builds relationships through a strength-based approach.
Participants also learn self-care tools to build their capacity to sustainably support both themselves and others, avoiding burnout and compassion fatigue. Through a comprehensive integration of materials, resources and training, Resilience First Aid provides a unique and neuroscience-based approach to proactively protect mental health.
The Research Supporting Resilience First Aid
Resilience First Aid is built on a peer-reviewed strength-based Predictive 6 Factor Resilience Model (PR6) which proactively builds resilience skills in the community.
Resilience First Aid is built on the peer-reviewed Predictive 6 Factor Resilience Model (PR6). The PR6 is a comprehensive whole body and brain resilience model that includes a validated psychometric assessment, as well as detailed skills to proactively build resilience.
The PR6 model and skills-building approaches are used in research at various universities (including Harvard, University of San Francisco. Northwestern Uni, Boise State Uni, Northeastern Uni, Boston University, Coventry Uni, UNSW, and more). Over 500 clinicians and mental health practitioners also use the PR6 assessment and training in their practices as a validated approach.
The PR6-based Driven Resilience training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) (https://home.hellodriven.com/articles/capce-accredits-driven-resilience-training/). This recognizes the program’s leading approach to bring the latest science-backed developments as a practical course that anyone can learn.
“Not only does the Driven Resilience program build important skills for EMS practitioners, the use of microtask learning represents an important innovation in the delivery of continuing education.”
Mark Terry, Chief Certification Officer
Ongoing research and peer-reviewed validation of the model and resilience training program have established the PR6 as a leading model and program with clinical effectiveness in building resilience as a proactive approach for mental health.
Resilience First Aid builds on this deep research and validation by making the PR6 model accessible through a certification training and additional resources that create lasting change and protection. This establishes Resilience First Aid with a strong science-based approach that enable meaningful assessment and potential for further validation and impact.
What you'll Learn Through RFA
Getting certified in Resilience First Aid means you’ll learn about an existing set of science-based skills
How to proactively build mental wellness in others using the ALL Protocol
How to support others through six resilience domains (Vision, Composure, Reasoning, Health, Tenacity, Collaboration)
Language and conversational examples on how to talk proactively about mental health
How to respond when someone is struggling and refer to help if needed
Use a strength-based model to become a source of hope and optimism
How to connect meaningfully to support those around you, building lasting relationships
Practical insight into the neuroscience of resilience and how to apply this to support others as well as yourself
RFA is a high-impact course that teaches you practical skills alongside the latest neuroscience of preventative mental health. As part of completing the certification, you will receive:
14 hours interactive training on preventative mental health skills
14 hours Continuing Education Credits
What sets Resilience First Aid apart is the resources that you take away. In addition to the two-day training course, you’ll also get the following resources to keep learning and build resilience:
12 months access to the accredited Driven Resilience App with full mental health and resilience training courses. This is a comprehensive digital resource that includes daily resilience-building activities to continue learning beyond the certification. Use the AI-powered chatbot to track your progress and chat each day, along with quick techniques for in-the-moment help, as well as detailed training for larger goals
Your own Resilience First Aid Responder Kit – a set physical resources to facilitate conversations. This includes a comprehensive Responder Manual with all the course content, a RFA wallet card with key information, magnetic resilience skill tiles, domain skill cards, resilience ball, resilience pocket guide, waterproof notebook, and more to help you keep the concepts alive and visible
Community access to connect with other responders and people interested to build the resilience of others and themselves. Share ideas and challenges, helping to build a movement to be proactive about mental health
RFA Course Outcome:
On completion of the course, you will:
Be Certified as a Resilience First Aid Responder for three years
Receive a certificate of your achievement
Be able to apply the concepts of preventative mental health
Know how to use the 6 domains of resilience
Be able to spot early on when someone might need support
Be able to apply an effective responder protocol
In three years, you’ll have the opportunity to renew your certification through a one-day refresher course, where you’ll learn more about the latest developments and scientific insight to keep your knowledge and skills updated.