Skill up in mental health first aid and help teens in crisis

Skill up in mental health first aid and help teens in crisis

Released: 21 March 2017

Do you want to learn how to help young people?

Council is offering parents, guardians and teachers in the Macedon Ranges the opportunity to take part in fully accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for those interested in learning how to assist young people experiencing mental health problems.

This award-winning course teaches adults first aid skills to give initial help to young people who are in a mental health crisis situation or in the early stages of a mental illness.

The 14-hour course covers topics such as anxiety, depression, psychosis, alcohol abuse and other drug issues and eating disorders.

The program of dates for 2017 are:

  • 4, 11, 18 and 27 April, 6pm–9.30pm, Gisborne Administration Centre, 40 Robertson Street
  • 27 May and 3 June, 9am–5pm, Lancefield Neighbourhood House, 78 High Street, Lancefield
  • 1, 8, 15 and 22 August, 6pm–9.30pm (Men’s only course) Where: Leadlight Room, Holgates, High Street, Woodend
  • 14 October, 9am–5pm and 17 and 24 October, 6pm-9.30pm,  Newman Room, Kyneton Town Hall, 129 Mollison Street

Mayor, Cr Jennifer Anderson said the courses aimed to improve the wellbeing and mental health of young people in the community.

“Young people play a vital role in our community and we’re dedicated to doing all we can to help them be the best they can be.

‘We want to build resilience, strength and capacity in our community, and foster an environment that supports young people and gives them a chance to overcome any obstacle.

“The Youth Mental Health First Aid course is a great tool for adults in enabling them to understand how to offer support and help to young people in crisis, and provides an insight into the many difficulties facing teenagers”, she said.

To find out more information or book your place, visit Live4Life, call Loren Polzot on 5422 0275 or email

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