Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Published on 07 December 2018



When: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 January 2019

Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Location: TBC

Cost: Free

Community members who work closely with adolescents are invited to participate in a free two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course in January 2019.

Course Facilitator Renee Murtagh from Oz Empowerment, will teach adults how to assist adolescents who are struggling with mental health issues.

Sport coaches, scout & guide leaders and parents of young people aged between 10 and 25 are encouraged to attend.

Course participants will learn about:

  • Adolescent development
  • Signs and symptoms of common mental health problems faced by young people
  • Where and how to get help when a young person is experiencing a mental illness
  • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation

Participants will receive a copy of the Youth MHFA manual and will be eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider. Refreshments & lunch provided. With limited places contact Sal Kimber, Indigo Shire Youth Officer, on to secure your place.

This is the third round of free YMHFA training offered to community, funded and hosted by Indigo Shire. The training is part of the broader Indigo Shire Youth Mental Health Initiative.



“Renee Murtagh was a brilliant facilitator and the course itself was incredibly insightful.” Sales and Marketing Manager - Pfeiffer Wines, Rutherglen


“All participants really enjoyed it and we are fortunate to take part in the course.  This is a fantastic initiative and I will be recommending this course to others. Mental health first aid could be called upon at any time dealing with young people in our community. You might be that person with the skills and understanding to not only change that person's life but perhaps save their life.” Yackandandah Community Member


"The Youth MHFA course has reinforced and provided me with some amazing first-responder skills for dealing with a young person experiencing mental health concerns. In my role as a Martial Arts teacher I come into contact with young people who have experienced trauma or are going through tough times. This course is short, no fuss and has up to date and relevant information. Thank you to Indigo Shire Council for this opportunity." Luke Falzon, Martial Arts Instructor


“I am a mother of a teenager and a teacher and I would highly recommend this course to anyone who would like to be equipped with tools to help young people dealing with mental health problems. After this course, I feel not only more aware of the different kind of mental health issues, but also more confident to assist young people in need of support. The presenter was very engaging and easy to understand and the broad range of backgrounds of the participants made group discussion very interesting.” Beechworth Parent and High School Teacher