Put on a hat and walk with friends, family every year on labor day (or any other time you want) to raise money and awareness for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to learn more about how to help people in need.

Put on a hat and walk with friends, family every year on labor day (or any other time you want) to raise money and awareness for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to learn more about how to help people in need.

HOW DID IT START?

Most of us feel able to apply basic first aid, but what about Mental Health First Aid? In 2014 Waltraud Reiner met MHFA founder Betty Kitchener, and the HATWALK idea was born. 

 

WHY?

We may notice someone is depressed or even suicidal. But what’s the right thing to say or do? How helpless if we just don’t know. The MHFA course trains instructors to educate their communities. But training does cost money. HATWALK raises money for that training.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO? 

Every year on Labour Day YOU and your friends and community can don a HAT and WALK together.

YOU can join an existing HATWALK, or start your own. Anyone can join.

YOU can put on a hat and walk towards your own and others’ mental health.

YOU can support MHFA by raising money and awareness, or donating directly to the MHFA association. https://www.givenow.com.au/mhfa

YOU can take one step at a time towards mental wellbeing, yours and others’.

 

WHO/HOW DOES HATWALK HELP?

The four cornerstones of mental wellbeing are:

• Exercise trough walking

• Sharing and connecting through talking to others

• Being out of doors in nature

• Helping other and doing something for someone else

Furthermore:

• HATWALK raises awareness of Mental Health First Aid

• Raises awareness of MHFA training options and purposes

• Brings hat lovers together to celebrate 

• Raises awareness of mental illness and health

 

 

 Our mental health Mascot

Our mental health Mascot

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Money raised goes straight to MHFA. Donate directly:

https://www.givenow.com.au/mhfa

• $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 Aboriginal instructor

• Every HATWALK event raises money which goes into a special MHFA Training Grants Fund.

• Community members can apply to take the MHFA instructor course at a subsidised cost (depending on funds raised).

• Grant winners commit to holding some free MHFA training sessions in their local communities.

• Grant winners commit to holding some free MHFA training sessions in their local communities.