WORKPLACE Creative First AID + Short Courses

We bring together literacy on how your nervous system works, with hands-on creative activity to set you up for building protective factors at work.

Mental illness in the workplace costs the economy $200 billion a year.

Psychological injury at work claims are 4x as costly than physical claims, and involve twice the amount of time off work.

We know, absolutely from the research, that building preventative, protective factors for staff is the quickest, most cost-effective intervention to keep people mentally well at work, and in life!

MakeShift is a trusted provider of impactful, fun and evidence-backed programs that bring creativity along with mental health education to life, increasing productivity, preventing burnout, fostering connection and empowering self management.

The School of Creative First Aid brings together MakeShift's innovative, evidence-based content into 4 dynamic, fun, informative and accessible sessions. Each session is co-facilitated with mental health education content by MakeShift Co-Founders, and then a hands-on creative activity that makes the content come alive, with artist Mel Young.


1/ The Value of Play
2/ Finding Curiosity
3/ Making Your Mark
4/ Your Personal Prescription

This program can be delivered online or in person for a minimum of 20 staff, and up to 300!

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Upcoming COURSES

7 Oct

2 days

Wellbeing Retreat / Bundanon

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21 May

Sydney Opera House Centre for Creativity

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1-2 days

Creative Connections Training

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Who's it for?

Workplace Teams seeking real-life practices and interpersonal connections

The School of Creative First Aid is a 4 week course for teams and organisations. A fun-first, inspiring experience that fosters focus, productivity, and builds protective factors against burnout. We pride ourselves on running award-winning zoom-based and F2F programs that provide real, practical tools, alongside fun hands-on accessible activities. We can chat about a bespoke program for 20 staff, or 200!

/ Have increased knowledge about the architecture of their own psychological system
/ Understand the importance of knowing how to transition back to a grounded state of wellbeing
/ Know a list of practices that help this transition
/ Understand the importance of play, rest, and creativity in supporting mental health and wellbeing
/ Have explored and tried a series of short and easy creative activities designed to calm us down, energise and reset us!
/ Have experienced connection with colleagues through shared facilitated activities
/ Have a plan for their own personal prescription of creativity to support their wellbeing at work, and in life!

"This program is the best mental health education course I have ever done! I want everyone I know to do it. The combination of info plus the creative practices is genius!" - Shima, Course Participant

Our Facilitators

We show up with one of our expert mental health and trauma-informed group facilitators, and bring along an artist educator too.

Marcelo Baez

Illustration & Drawing

Emma Saunders

Dance & Movement

Helena Fox


Elana Stone

Music & singing

Narelle Happ

Plants & Gardens

Kiara Mucci


Michelle Elliot


Joshua Heath

Photography, Illustration

Mel Young

Textiles, Visual Art

Sally Ann Conwell

Visual arts, painting and illustration

Kirli Saunders

Poetry, writing, artmaking

Angie Cass

Collage Craft


Rapper / Musician

Julie Paterson

Creative Adventure Facilitator

Our Other Creative First Aid courses

8 weeks
Creativity on Prescription Course: explore a range of practices each week, along with a home delivered creative first-aid kit.
Lunch Break
One OFf
A one-hour-a-week creative workplace program to foster creative habits for wellbeing