Tania | Mental Health Training Essentials

Meet Tania

Hello and welcome! I’m Tania Gutierrez, Founder of Mental Health Training Essentials

I’m an accredited Principal Master Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor. This means I have extensive experience delivering MHFA workshops, since 2013. I have also built a Community of Practice, allowing clients to have a choice of Instructors.

My why

I am on a mission to grow the number of people in the community that have confidence, skills and knowledge to provide initial support for people experiencing mental health concerns or experiencing a related crisis. One day you might even use the skills and knowledge to support your own mental health.

My experience

My life experience has included supporting family members through episodes of anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts. At times, I too have had my own mental health concerns. Since 2009 I’ve been involved with Lifeline Australia’s 24 / 7 Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention service.

This has included being a:

  • Crisis Supporter
  • Suicide Hotspot Responder
  • In-Shift Supervisor
  • Trainer and Assessor of Crisis Supporters.

I’ve worked as a Carer Advocate and volunteered with Family Drug Support at different times during this period as well.

My passion

I am in my element, delivering Mental Health First Aid and suicide prevention workshops, often on behalf of not-for-profit organisations and private training organisations to:

  • University students and staff
  • Government departments
  • HR professionals
  • Corporate groups
  • Staff from Aged Care facilities and many others!

I founded Mental Health Training Essentials to spread the reach of excellent evidence-based training, to more members of the public and to more workplaces.

My message

This training is for you if: You are a decision maker, leading people in your organisation. Managers in Human Resources, People and Culture or Learning and Development. Mental Health First Aid training can assist with creating mentally healthy workplaces and provide valuable professional development for staff.

This training is also for you if:  You are within our community and interested to use mental health first aid skills, much like you would use traditional physical first aid, to support your friends, family or community members.

One day you might even use the skills and knowledge to support your own mental health.

My message to you is loud and clear – you don’t have to be a mental health professional to provide initial help for mental health concerns and crises. First aid skills for mental health are as important as traditional physical first aid skills from my experience and in my humble opinion.

Meet some of the MHFA Trainers in our Community of Practice


Greg Dixon 

Greg Dixon is a Principal Master MHFA Instructor. He has delivered MHFA courses to organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Clients over the last 5 years have included Woolworths, Bupa, Coles, Metcash, Boral, CSR, Broadspectrum, Landcorp (PAMU Farms NZ), Countdown (Woolworths NZ), Goodstart Early Learning, and Department of Education.

Formerly with CareerBuilders Pty Ltd, Greg was the Managing Director up until July 2020, and after the sale of the business to a larger consultancy he has moved into private practice at Northern Rivers Coaching and Counselling.

Greg Dixon MHFA Instructor

Greg is also a Registered Level 3 Counsellor with the ACA, and specialises in career counselling, job seeker assistance, supervision and small business coaching. He also operates as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provider for small to medium sized client organisations.

Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Analytical Psychology from the University of Western Sydney (UWS), and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling for Health and Social Care from the University of New England (UNE). He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Management Studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Linny Hursthouse

Linny Hursthouse is an accomplished facilitator with a background in psychology and change management. She has extensive experience in workplace mental health and helping organisations develop mental health awareness, conversational skills and behaviours to support a culture of well-being and early mental health interventions.

Linny is a Principal Master Instructor of MHFA, and has delivered courses to SMEs and large organisations across Australia, over the last 10 years. She is a highly sought after instructor who provides a relaxed, fun and informative environment when delivering her MHFA courses.

Linny Hursthouse MHFA Facilitator

Linny is a registered Family Business Advisor through Family Business Australia (FBA) and regularly contributes keynote addresses at FBA conferences regarding workplace mental health. She has a monthly executive forum group which she has provided support to for over 10 years.

Linny has recently completed a Bachelor of Counselling with AIPC and is soon to become a registered professional counsellor with ACA.



Our Vision

To grow the capacity of Australians to support
each other when we need it most.

Mission statement Mental Health Training Essentials

Our Mission

To collaboratively create mentally healthy workplaces
and communities, who are able to provide initial help for suicide prevention and better mental health journeys.


Our Values

Support: Providing collaborative support to corporations, individuals and groups.

Integrity:  We are honest and transparent and expect the same in return. We strive  for excellence in the services that we provide and the relationships that we develop.

Kindness:  It is safe to assume that everyone is going through something so we treat people with compassion, empathy, non-judgement and patience. Our logo is representative of our considerate and heart-centered approach.

Diversity:  We appreciate the diversity that exists in the Australian community, including the diversity of religion, culture, linguistics, sex, sexuality, gender and ability/disability. In saying that we take this opportunity to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

About Mental Health First Aid Australia

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. Their core work is to develop MHFA courses, and train Instructors like myself to deliver these courses to their communities or workplaces.

MHFA courses are delivered across Australia and internationally. MHFA courses teach members of the public how to provide initial help to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves.