Mental health in focus at first aid course

Members of the community gathered at Yoorana Gunya last week to take part in a three day mental health first aid course.

The mental health first aid course had plenty of participants when it was being run.

The mental health first aid course had plenty of participants when it was being run.

The course was run in conjunction between the National Employment Services Association (Nesa) and Yoorana Gunya to help individuals in the community provide mental health support to those in need.

The mental health first aid course had a focus on improving the mental health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Nesa training facilitator Tracey Mickley said they have provided the course in various regional and remote communities to support and share stories about the importance of mental health first aid in community.

The mental health first aid course also covered various other topics including drug and alcohol, and self harm concerns other three days between November 28 to November 30.

Ms Mickley said that people who took part in the course received their mental health first aid certificate and are able to provide information and support to family, friends and community members.

Donna Bliss from Yoorana Gunya said they invited members of Nesa to provide the training as they saw the need to have a mental health first aid cause with a focus on Indigenous health available in the area.

Ms Mickley said they are heading to different regional centres and towns that are located in the traditional Wiradjuri nation to provide the mental health first aid course.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, contact Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyondblue on 1300 224 636.