TeamHEALTH will roll out a two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Course in Katherine this month.
The course is designed to provide the necessary tools for adults living or working with young people between 12-18 years old.
The course teaches skills on how to assist adolescents who are developing mental health issues, have a deteriorating mental health problem or are in a mental health crisis.
It covers adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the most common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what proven type of help is most effective and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Flexible Learning Mentor at Katherine Flexible Learning and Engagement Centre, Damien Armstrong, attended the course in Katherine late last year.
“The training has really helped me better identify the issues young people are experiencing. It utilises the best approaches incorporating the current narrative and language and has helped me develop my skills quickly,” Mr Armstrong said.
“In Katherine the mental health issues among young people needs to be seriously addressed. There is a lot of depression, anger and neglect so the lack of goals leads to non-attendance at school and disengagement in learning,” he said.
TeamHEALTH’s Mental Health Educator, Catherine Kubiak said the two-day training paints a clear picture of how mental illnesses start, their risk factors, signs and symptoms and available treatments.
“It’s great to hear our trainees have such informative discussions about the different topics. You can see straight away how it is so empowering to have the knowledge and skills that you learn from this training in your toolbox,” Catherine Kubiak said.
The course also accommodates those who work with young people slightly younger or older than the 12-18 age group.
The curriculum is evidence-based and based on Mental Health First Aid Australia (MHFA) guidelines. It is appropriate for educators, parents, youth workers, sports coaches and employers/HR managers who manage younger work forces.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course in Katherine is being held on January 30 and 31, 2019 at 3/12 Third Street, Katherine.
For further information please visit the website here.
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