So long 2017, bring on 2018!

 In End of Year, MHFA for the Workplace, SMHFA

This year has been very busy for all of us here at Hero Town Geelong. Before we forge on ahead into 2018, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the trials and triumphs we’ve experienced from the past year.

What you can look forward to next year

We will be adding more to our Mental Health First Aid utility belt in 2018.

Standard MHFA is a 12 hour course that is designed for adults assisting other adults with mental health concerns.


MHFA for the Workplace is a blended course that combines online learning with a 5-hour in-person session. It is suitable for groups, organisations and businesses.


Make sure to like Hero Town Geelong on Facebook to keep up to date on all of the latest news, including when these courses will be available to the public.

What’s new at Hero Town Geelong

Hero Town had a moment in the spotlight when The Age published The Science of Being a Hero in February this year. The article written by Annabel Stafford explores the background behind the Heroic Imagination Project and the Hero Round Table held in Geelong by Hero Town. You can read the full article here.

Thanks to our trainer Simon we introduced Mindfulness Training, which was very well received by participants. We will be working with our constructive feedback to deliver the course through 2018.

Mental Health and Hero Town Geelong

After observing the cries for mental health services in the Geelong and Surf Coast region, we introduced the sorely needed Youth Mental Health First Aid. YMHFA and the Mental Health First Aid for the Suicidal Person were overwhelmingly well received.

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you … for delivering the best education I have ever taken part in. It was inspiring, emotional, and above all else, educational. Honestly one of the best personal choices I have ever made.

Katie Ashton

Our adventures in YMHFA took Sylvia across the country to Perth, where she was the guest speaker at the Hero Collective. This was an exciting evening of with leaders and researchers in the Perth region.

The Humans in Geelong Expo

Photograph by TS Imagery

Hero Town Geelong was excited to be invited to host a table for Humans in Geelong at their expo in September. It was an amazing day of inspirational speakers, music, dancing and festivities. Sylvia was also honoured as a guest speaker at the expo, where she spoke about social psychology and the importance of heroism. You can read more about the Expo here.

Collaborations with heroic organisations

This year we have met many incredible people who act as Everyday Heroes every single day, and we were awed by their work. We spent time with Lisa Phillips, the Director of Education at the Jewish Holocaust Centre. We spent the day exploring the centre and were honoured to a premier viewing of Ties that Bind: From Auschwitz to CummeragunjaWe began working with Ambulance Victoria who developed the program The Chain of Survival. This program communicates the steps young people can take to save lives.

We were also privileged to work with the young people at CanTeen, who support young people who have experiences of cancer. We delivered an introduction to heroism to these brave young people and were inspired by their strength and positivity. We were invited to help the team at One Planet Classrooms creating sanitary pads for young girls and women in several areas of Africa. It was truly an inspiring experience to be part of a life-changing support for people all the way across the globe.

Developments in Heroism

Our incredible vice-president, Ellie Jacques, devoted her time to heroic work in Flint, Michigan. She supported the community through the water crisis helping the community reshape their narratives to become everyday heroes. The Hero Town team has been honoured to provide ongoing to support to Ellie and her amazing work. Watch Ellie’s powerful talk at the Hero Round Table in Brighton, Michigan below.


Steph Downing
Stephanie Downing is the administrative assistant for Hero Town Geelong. Born and raised in Geelong, Australia, Stephanie is a graduate of Deakin University with her Honours degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She adores words of all sorts and is especially infatuated with the medium of poetry and fiction, with publications of her work being featured in magazines such as WORDLY Magazine, Plumwood Mountain Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.
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