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MEDIA RELEASE - Youth mental health training on offer

Wednesday 20 November

Community members wishing to learn more about youth mental health and local support channels are encouraged to attend an upcoming training course in Portland.

Youth based mental health initiative Live4Life Glenelg is offering limited places for parents, teachers and any adults who work, live or care for young people in the Glenelg Shire to undertake the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course at South West TAFE Portland campus.

The course will take place over two concurrent sessions from 9am – 3:30pm on Tuesday 26 November and Tuesday 3 December with experienced facilitator Nicky Grayson.

Glenelg Shire youth development officer and Live4Life Glenelg facilitator Cathryn Walder said the focus of the course was to equip participants with confidence in recognising the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health issue and to encourage help seeking as soon as possible.

“We had a phenomenal response to our previous Youth Mental Health First Aid Training sessions we have run this year, with our latest course in October oversubscribed due to the overwhelming interest,” she said.

“In response to this, Live4Life Glenelg is offering another session next week for community members to undertake this important training. During the sessions participants will learn more about the barriers to seeking help, current trends and how the community can help to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health.

“For residents in Casterton wishing to complete the training, we will be offering the course in the township early next year in February 2020. We will also have more courses running across the shire throughout 2020.”

Mrs Walder said the overall training statistics spoke for themselves.

“Live4Life Glenelg is nearing its third year and throughout this short amount of time more than 980 young people and 175 adults have received mental health first aid training within our shire, which is fantastic to see,” she said.

“The Live4Life model focuses on a whole of community approach to mental health education and suicide prevention with an ongoing commitment to increasing our community’s mental health knowledge, reducing mental health stigma and breaking down the barriers to help seeking”

To register for the Youth Mental Health First Aid Training please contact Glenelg Shire Council or find the registrations via the Eventbrite website

To keep up to date with future courses within the Glenelg Shire please visit the Glenelg Shire Youth Facebook page for regular updates.

Event details:
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
South West TAFE, Portland campus
9am – 3:30pm
Tuesday 26 November and Tuesday 3 December **You must attend both days to complete the course**.
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