Free Community Mental Health First-Aid Training now available
Published on 19 September 2019
If you suspect someone you know may need help or support due to a mental health condition, but you’re unsure, or don’t know how to help, Council is offering two free Community Mental Health First-Aid Training courses next month.
The two-day courses will be held in Mildura and Ouyen on the following dates:
Monday and Tuesday 21/22 October
Council’s Ouyen Service Centre
79 Oke Street
9am – 4pm both days.
Wednesday and Thursday 23/24 October
Sandors Motor Inn
179 Deakin Avenue
9am – 4pm both days.
Councillor for Community Wellbeing and Services Min Poole said the training would cover how to identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions, how to provide initial assistance and how to arrange professional help.
“Mental health is a massive issue, not just in our community, but across the country,” Cr Poole said.
“It doesn’t discriminate and affects people of all ages and backgrounds, meaning it’s likely someone you know or work with has, or will, be impacted by a mental health condition.
“By learning about the warning signs or symptoms, you can either provide support and assistance, or help connect people to the professional help they require.”
The training will include tips on providing mental health first aid in a crisis situation and is a nationally accredited course, conducted by an accredited trainer.
Topics and conditions covered in the training will include:
- depression and anxiety
- substance use problems
- suicidal thoughts and behaviours
- non-suicidal self-injury
- panic attacks
- traumatic events
- aggressive behaviours.
Due to the limited number of places, residents are asked to submit an expression of interest to undertake the training.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Elena Pelle on (03) 5018 8100.
Council’s Community Mental Health First-Aid Training is an education course designed to help residents provide first aid to others. For therapy or support, residents are urged to contact a mental health professional.
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