Graham Roper



Resilience that enable solutions, practical, commonsense applications to the many and varied life influences are Grahams key areas of focus.

Assisting people to understand, in a matter of fact, clear way as a result the lived experience of Depression, PTSD and Suicide is a story to be shared.

20 years as a paramedic, working in city and rural services throughout NZ which include training staff paid and volunteer enables the telling of a story that is both enlightening and solution focused.

Since Grahams suicide in 2001, (life as he knew ended that day) has evolved to become an “expert” in the lived experience of mental illness.

Resilience comes from rebuilding, not once, but twice from inappropriate behavior, including theft, by Accountants and living daily with the effects of PTSD enable a conversation delivered with knowledge and passion.

With roles as a mental health advisor for a District Health Board, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychrists and the Mental Health Commission, Graham has developed an in-depth understanding of the complexities of Mental Health.

Solutions to unravel complexities and provide strategies for early intervention have developed from this experience..

Taking this experience (including owner and developer of a Health and Safety Company) and applying it to the needs of todays workplace enables key areas such as bullying to be managed in a honest and pragmatic way.

Grahams latest development is a nation wide Psychological First Aid program for the general public/workplace , (now available with educational credits) is true testament on how using knowledge and experiences can provide a positive outcome both from a personal point of view, but one that can be shared.



M. +64 21 466 733



  • More than three decades of pre-hospital emergency care:

    • Advanced Life Support Paramedic,

    • Qualified Adult and Tertiary Educator - Auckland University of Technology

    • Qualified- Professional Leadership - Auckland University of Technology

    • Qualified -NZQA assessor/mentor

  • Over the past 15 years, as a result of the lived experience of mental illness,

    • Full time advisory roles within Mental Health, Primary and Secondary services.

    • Chairperson - National Association Mental Health Consumer Advisers.

    • Member of the NZ Mental Health Commission.

    • Six years with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists as a community representative on a number of committee’s/boards/working parties.

      • Therapeutic Intervention and Evidenced Based Practice board (What Works Committee).

      • Member of Board/committee developing Competency Assessment programs for Over Seas Trained Doctors.

      • Future development  “Role of Psychiatrists in the future”.

  • Research was conducted over a period of more than 4 years.

    • New Zealand, Australian, Canadian and British publications were used in the research.

    • Many people including Clinicians, therapists and the general public reviewed the content of the course material and presentation.

  • Presented a number of Papers at The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists International Congress’s in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

In 2014 the producer founded a nation-wide Health and Safety Company specifically designed to meet the regulations and intent of the HSAWA 2015.

The development of this program draws on a great deal of research, and feedback from clinical specialists.

Graham Roper

Psychological First Aid Limited