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Youth Mental Health First Aid for parents

Concerned parents comforting teen girl

Council is again offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training for parents and carers.

Tuesday 9 April 2019

Parents and carers of young people in Mount Alexander Shire are invited to learn more about the complexities of mental health and how to support young people who might be struggling with a mental health problem.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid training will provide skills to help parents and carers recognise a possible emerging mental health concern or a mental health crisis.

“There is a lot to understand when it comes to mental health,” said Shannon Lacy, Youth Development Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“This training provides an excellent overview of what can occur and will provide practical skills to support people in need,” she said.

The course is designed for parents or carers of young people aged between 10 and 25. The skills learnt can also be used to support other family members, friends or colleagues.

The 14 hour course will be held over four Thursday evening sessions on 2 May, 9 May, 16 May and 23 May. Dinner will be provided at each session.

Sessions run from 5.00pm to 8.30pm at the Civic Centre, Corner of Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets, Castlemaine.

A registration fee of $50 will cover the cost of course materials and catering. To book, visit the Training page at www.mountalexandershireyouth.com.au/training.

The first aid course is delivered by Council as part of its commitment to improve access to mental health services for the community. For more information contact Council’s Youth Development Unit on 5471 1700 or email youth@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

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