Free youth mental health first aid training

Published on 22 May 2019

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While physical health may be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of first aid, Indigo Shire Council is offering community members the opportunity to keep the mind in check as well.

Council is now calling for participants for the fourth round of its free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course, which will be held in Beechworth on Sunday 14 and Sunday 21 July 2019 from 9am - 4.30pm.

The two-day intensive course will teach adults how they can assist adolescents who are struggling with mental health problems and is suitable for Indigo Shire community members who work closely with young people, including sport coaches, scout and guide leaders and junior CFA leaders.

Former course participant and Beechworth High School Teacher Katja Schoenfelder said that the course has equipped her with the necessary tools to help young people with their mental health.

“As a mother of a teenager and a teacher I would highly recommend this course,” she said.

“I not only feel more aware of the different kind of mental health issues, but also more confident to assist young people in need of support.”

Topics covered in the course include learning the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses including anxiety, depression and eating disorders, where and how to get help, and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation.

Participants will be eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) and will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to book your spot, contact Indigo Shire Youth Officer Sal Kimber on sal.kimber@indigoshire.vic.gov.au or call 0422 373 542.

Priority positions will be offered to parents, grandparents and guardians of young people aged 10-25.

This training is funded and hosted by Indigo Shire as part of the broader Indigo Shire Youth Mental Health Initiative.