Jan 19
Mental health first aid course 24-25 january 2012

Western NSW Local Health District will host a Mental Health First Aid Course in Orange (Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 January) to teach adults how to assist other adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.

Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Meg Simpson said the course is a unique opportunity for staff, partner organisations and community members to learn about how they can help someone suffering from a mental health problem.

“Participants will not only learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, but we will also be focusing on where and how to get help and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.

“Mental Illness is unfortunately something that many of us will have to deal with in our lifetime, whether it is ourselves, or a friend or family member. This course is an educational opportunity for people to arm themselves with some of the tools to help a friend, family member or perhaps a complete stranger who is experiencing a mental health problem.” Ms Simpson said.

The course will cover a wide range of developing mental health problems including;

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance misuse

The group will also learn about how they can help to mange a mental health crisis, which may include;

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse
  • Aggressive behaviours

“Any interested adult can attend the course and I would certainly encourage them to contact us to register, or ask any questions that they may have.” Ms Simpson said.

Bookings are essential. The course costs $50 which includes lunch. For more information or to register (by Monday 23 January) please contact Carol on 6360 7745. The Mental Health First Aid Course will be held at Parkview on the Bloomfield Hospital Campus - 9.30 - 4.30 each day