Mental health first aid training for Glenorchy

14 September 2020|Lifestyle| Off Comments off on Mental health first aid training for Glenorchy|

MENTAL Health Families and Friends Tasmania, together with the Salvation Army Glenorchy Corps and Bec Thomas from Rising Kind will deliver mental health first (MHFA) training to the Glenorchy community starting in September.

A series of nine courses will be delivered to people who live, work or volunteer in the Glenorchy area due to funding from the Tasmanian Government’s Community Support Levy Charitable Organisations Grants Program 2019-2020.

Up to 198 community members will be provided with MHFA training, with participants receiving a copy of the standard MHFA manual and will also be eligible to receive a three year accreditation as a mental health first aider.

The project is being delivered as a partnership between Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania and the Salvation Army, with the training to be facilitated by the founder of Rising Kind Bec Thomas and the Glenorchy City Council Deputy Mayor.

Ms Thomas said the training provided long lasting knowledge and skills to participants and would help change attitudes and help-giving behaviours.

“Evaluations show that participants are not only more likely to help and support others experiencing mental health problems, but also have improved mental health themselves as a result of the training,” she said.

“They also commonly pass on their knowledge and skills to others, more broadly increasing understanding of mental ill-health and reducing stigma.

“The delivery of MHFA training will improve awareness and understanding of mental health problems in our community and reduce stigma and shame.

“It will also raise awareness of the local services available to help people with mental health, drug and alcohol use problems and how to link people to these services.”

The 12-hour MHFA training course will cover the prevalence of risk factors for mental health problems, and signs, symptoms and interventions for depression, anxiety psychosis and substance use problems, as well as mental health crises including suicide, panic attacks, traumatic events and psychotics.

It will also provide an action plan for assisting someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis or appears to be developing a mental health problem, as well as the worsening of an existing mental health problem.

The training will be held at the Salvation Army Glenorchy Corp next door to the Post Office in Terry Street, Glenorchy.

Participants must be able to attend both days of training and are asked to contribute $20 per person to cover the cost of the take home MHFA manual and other materials.

For bookings, contact Mental Health Families and Friends Tasmania at admin@mhfamiliesfriendstas.org.au or phone 6228 7448.

The four courses have been scheduled on the following dates:

Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday 12 and Saturday 19 September, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Thursday 29 October and Thursday 5 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm

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