The idea for Hatwalk came about in 2014 when Waltraud Reiner met Betty Kitchener who established MHFA Mental Health first aid.
We are all well versed in first aid but have few skills in how to administer mental first aid .
Often we feel helpless when we notice someone is depressed or even suicidal and we struggle for words and do not know how to help and what to say. Mental first aid has developed a course which can change that, and YOU can put on a hat and walk towards your own mental health and that of others.
Using hats once again we all can take steps towards mental wellbeing.
to build a grant program for Mental Health First Aid training.
How does it work?
Anyone can walk on Labour Day anywhere in Australia. Raise money and donate that straight into the MHFA organisation https://www.givenow.com.au/mhfa
hat lovers, members of the Millinery Association of Australia, and regular citizens passionate about mental health and hats can walk. Small or large groups.
The benefits of 4 corner stones for mental wellbeing are well researched and can have great benefits.
exercise through walking
Sharing and connecting through talking
Being in nature
Helping and doing something for someone else
What is MHFA?
Why do we walk?
What happens with the money
1. Your Hat Walk event raises money which goes into a special MHFA Training Grants Fund.
2. Community members can apply to take the MHFA instructor course at a subsidised cost (depending on funds raised).
3. Grant winners commit to holding some free MHFA training sessions in their local communities.
6. Grant winners commit to holding some free MHFA training sessions in their local communities.
A not-for-profit charity training organisation for mental health support, founded in Melbourne by Betty Kitchener and rolled out
What do your donations buy?
People in communities can apply to MHFA for funded training.
We walk to encourage people everywhere to become Mental Health First Aid Officers or Instructors, so that they can share the training with their communities at little or no cost.
What to do with the money you raise?
Go straight to the Website and donate
What are the cost to become a trainer?
• $300 will train a MHFA officer
• $3,500 will train a MHFA Instructor
• $3,900 will train a youth Instructor
• $3,500 will train an indigenous instructor.
Hat Walk: taking steps together towards global mental health.
For more info, call 0425 745 299 or visit