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Council is running its tenth youth mental health first aid training in May and teachers and school staff are invited to come along.

Thursday 19 April 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council is inviting primary and secondary teachers and staff to come along to its tenth round of Youth Mental Health First Aid training in early May.

The course is an excellent opportunity for educators to learn more about mental health and how they can support young people. A session for parents and carers will be held later in the year.

Mayor Bronwen Machin participated in the most recent round of training for Council staff and found the course to be incredibly valuable.

“More than one in five adults and one in four young people experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives, so this is a very real thing for so many people in our community,” said Cr Machin.

“I believe it’s important that as a community we try to better understand mental health illnesses and the impact it has on people, the support that is available and what we can do to make a difference,” she said.

Mental health first aid training teaches people how to recognise a possible emerging mental health problem or a mental health crisis. The training helps people to understand what to do if they are worried about someone in their lives.

Mental health emerged as a priority in the Council Plan 2017-2021 and has been identified in the strategic plans of local community health organisations in the shire. It has also been identified as a top priority for young people.

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is delivered by Council officers as part of Council’s commitment to improving and understanding the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you are a primary or secondary teacher or school staff member please register for the course before Monday 30 April by contacting Council’s Youth Team at youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or 5471 1700.

Council has achieved silver accreditation in the Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplaces Initiative, established by Mental Health First Aid Australia. More than 50 staff members have completed the course.

If you require assistance or support around your own mental health and wellbeing or you are concerned about a person in your life, please call Castlemaine District Community Health on 5479 1000 for local advice or referral. To speak to a professional call Kids Help Line on 1800 551 800 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636. For around the clock psychiatric information, assessment and referral call 1300 363 788.

Image: This is the tenth round of training Council has run to help improve awareness of mental health first aid.

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