Mental Health Toolbox

Practical tools to support others
  • Upskill in the latest science in lifestyle medicine for mental health
  • Learn Mental Health First Aid
  • Study positive psychology tools and other mental health coaching practices
  • Get an Introduction to ACT – Behaviour Therapy

Approximately 6 hours of training,
completed at your own pace

6 modules for just


Start building your toolbox to help a friend, family member, or work colleague. Learn the foundations of mental health practice in our Mental Health Toolbox short course.

PREKURE’s vision is to put prevention at the heart of mental healthcare. To prescribe lifestyle medicine, behavioural therapy and prevention. Not pills.

It is estimated that one in ten globally, and one in five in most Western countries, suffer from some form of mental health disorder. Yet for many, the public health system offers little help. How is it possible that at a time in human history when we have more wealth, more knowledge and more tools than ever before, we are failing to meet the needs of so many people?

We built this course for people who want to be equipped to support a loved one, friend or co-worker who is struggling to be mentally well. The course is designed for anyone to be able to do and you don’t need any background in health. You might be a parent, grandparent, co-worker, employee wellbeing advisor, teacher or caregiver looking for practical solutions to help. Right here and right now.

Study online, at home, any time.

All our courses are accessed from the convenience of your computer, smartphone or tablet, all from the comfort of your own home.

Be free to learn on your own time, at your own pace, and in your own space.

World Class Instructors


Sophia Dawson

Sophia Dawson

Registered Psychologist

Sophia has a passion for holistic wellbeing and is highly skilled in the use of ACT with her patients.

Prof Grant Schofield

Prof Grant Schofield

Public Health

Director of The Centre for Human Potential at AUT University and men’s mental health advisor for Movember.

Dr Louise Schofield

Dr Louise Schofield

Behaviour Change

Health Entrepreneur with a PhD in Public Health, Louise inspires health and helps people to make lasting behavioral changes.

Dr Catherine Crofts

Dr Catherine Crofts


Catherine has a PhD in the early diagnosis of metabolic disease, and is experienced in the deprescribing of medications.

Chris Reid

Chris Reid

General Practice

Chris is a GP and clinical lead in one of the first New Zealand practices to be accredited as a Neighbourhood Health Care Home. 

Hear what our students are saying

Why are PREKURE the leaders in preventative lifestyle medicine?


  • It comes down to results. The impact and outcomes achieved by the clients of PREKURE graduates.
  • PREKURE courses are taught by recognised world experts and academics who share only evidence-informed knowledge and tools.
  • PREKURE is internationally certified in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • PREKURE is endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and are approved for CME credits and CPD.


What if I don’t like what I buy?

You’re protected by PREKURE’s unconditional, 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. We want you to have peace of mind when you buy any of our programs, so we give you up to 30 risk-free days from the date you purchase to decide if it’s for you.

If you’re not happy with your results, simply contact us, and we will give you an instant refund. It’s that simple.

Course Content

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Module 1: An overview of Stress, Anxiety and Depression

The topics of stress, anxiety and depression are often conflated. It is important to distinguish between these to understand if the person we intend to help is experiencing general life stressors or if it is something more. This module aims to provide an overview of these common issues in mental health and give us a greater understanding of what we can do to help.

Module 2: The Biology of Mental Wellbeing

Now we have an understanding of what stress, depression and anxiety are, it’s time to delve into the inner workings of our brain. Join Professor Grant Schofield as he looks at how the hormones serotonin and glutamate help us function. If you remember back to your high school biology class, hormones are important as they ‘tell us what to do’, they are like little messengers. But what happens when things go awry? Join Professor Grant Schofield to find out out.

Module 3: Mental Health First Aid

Over the last century, we have trialled, learnt and implemented treatments to aid our physical health. Such as when we break a bone and we go to the hospital for treatment. We know this injury won’t heal overnight, but the appropriate first aid has been used to prevent further damage and begin the healing process which will take several weeks. Unfortunately, our systems and treatment for mental health aren’t nearly as developed. There is simply less attention and options for those with urgent mental health issues and the options we do have are often hard to find.

Module 4: The Coach Approach to Mental Health

This course equips you with a toolbox of skills and techniques to dip into when appropriate.

This module looks at a ‘coach approach’ to mental health. We believe good coaching is very powerful and is a great way to help an individual create a better future for themselves and their mental wellbeing.

Module 5: Lifestyle Medicine for Mental Health

In this module you’ll learn:

  • Nutrition for mental wellbeing
  • Micronutrients and mental wellbeing
  • Physical activity, exercise and fitness for mental wellbeing
  • Sleep for mental wellbeing
  • Breathing for mental wellbeing
  • The science of cold water immersion
  • Connection with others
Module 6: ACT-Behaviour Therapy that works

This module introduces ACT behavioural therapy tools and psychological flexibility. Please be aware that this is simply an introduction to this powerful therapy and by completing this module you will not be a trained ACT therapist.

Approximately 6 hours of training,
completed at your own pace

6 modules for just


Frequently Asked Questions

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Who should do this course?

This course is ideal for mums, grandparents, friends or co-workers of anyone struggling to be mentally well.

It also is relevant for you if you are considering doing our Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and want to get a taste of some of the learning before committing to the full Certificate.

When does the course start and finish?

This course is available for you to start immediately as soon as you enrol with online, 24/7 access. You then have 12 months to complete your short course.

How long will it take to complete?

The course usually takes 6 hours to complete. It consists of six approximately 60-min modules, with each module offering a further 30 minutes of reading and reflective practice.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes. You can do this course in your own time and at your own pace, with online 24/7 access. The course can easily be completed within four weeks by committing to approximately 3-4 hours of work per week. You do however have up to 12 months to complete your course. 

Do I receive any certification for completing the course?

You will receive a PREKURE Certificate of Completion for this course.

What happens after I finish the course?

If you would like to continue learning, choose another Short Course or one of our  Mental Health Certificates.

Do I have to be a Health Coach or Health Professional to do this course?

No. This course is perfect if you want to upskill for your own benefit. You will learn many tips and tricks that will help you and your loved ones.

Is this a CME endorsed course by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGPs)?

Our courses have been endorsed by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) and have been approved for CME credits for the General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

How do I know this course is credible and contains correct information?

The course is scientifically-based and evidence-informed with full academic references provided for all materials. It is taught by our highly qualified, world-class teaching Faculty with extensive real-world experience. One of our past students says, “By aligning with a professional group like PREKURE, I can reassure my clients that I am using the latest, evidence-based tools and techniques to support them.”

What if I am unhappy with the course?

If you are dissatisfied for any reason with your purchase, contact us within 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked.

Do I get lifetime access to this course?

No. All PREKURE course content is available for 12 months from the date you enrol. Each module does however come with notes that you can download.

Join the course &
change someone’s life

PREKURE provides training in the theory and practice of lifestyle medicine for mild to medium mental health challenges. We cannot provide personalised medical advice. If you or your loved ones require personal medical advice, or suffer from moderate to severe mental ill-health, then we recommend you consult a registered health practitioner (GP, Registered Psychologist).

Need help now?

  • In New Zealand: If life is in danger, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor or access other Helplines and Support here
  • In Australia: If life is in danger, call 000 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. Or call 13 11 14 (Lifeline), 1300 22 4636 (Beyond Blue), or call 1300 659 467 (Suicide Call Back Service).