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Subject:[youthgas] Youth Mental Health First Aid
Date: July 22, 2017  09:18:30 (+0200)
From:geoffreyallan <geoffrey.ahern @.....com>

Greetings Youth Gassers,

I hope this finds you well and that you are enjoying the chilly
weather. I'm writing to tell you about the Youth Mental Health First
Aid Course I am running next month.

If you haven't heard of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program,
it's an exciting development in mental health and an Australian
Initiative. It's a course designed to help you recognise, understand
and help a young person (14-24) with a mental health problem.

This great little Aussie innovation is run all over the world now and
has even earned the endorsement of President Obama himself. Here's
what he had to say:

"As part of the 'Now is the Time' gun control plan, President Obama
recommends Mental Health First Aid training to help teachers, staff
and other adults interacting with young people to recognise the signs
and symptoms of mental illnesses and to assist them with finding
appropriate professional treatment."

What is Mental Health First Aid?

General First Aid is the help given to a person before medical help is
available. Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person
developing a mental illness or who is in a mental health crisis. The
youth course looks specifically at young people and the unique
challenges they face. It offers practical ideas for support and
covers topics including:

Depression and Anxiety
Suicide and Self-harm
Body Image and Eating Disorders
Current Thinking on Medication Use
Substance Use and Abuse
Accessing Help for the Young Person
Online Resources

Accessing help can be difficult and confusing. In the course we look
at what services are available, tell you who to call for advice, and
we even cover what information you need to have with you to provide
the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team if you want to increase
your chances of getting a foot in the door and arranging an assessment
for the young person.

If you can't make it to the course, then I can come to you. All you
need is a minimum of 10 interested people. We can run the full 2-day
course, or an abridged one-day presentation if that suits you better.

The following information is available online for this course:

Course outline here:

I'm running the course in the following places:

Melbourne, August 14-15:

Hobart, August 23-24:

Adelaide, August 30-31:

If you click the link below the location and date you'll find an
online registration (where you can pay online or simply book and I'll
email you an invoice). Alternatively, you can simply email me and
book in that way.

Everyone who attends any of my training gets on-going, free, no
strings attached email support as well as regular email updates on
issues surrounding youth mental health, research, programs and healthy

Feel free to have a look at my website (www.thishealthylife.com.au) if
you want to know more about what I do and my experience in mental
health. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
If you get my voice mail, make sure you leave me a message and I'll
call you back. I am often hard to get because of presenting.

Why should you come to my course?

In a word, experience. I've had 20 years in health, most of those in
mental health working with young people and also people with alcohol
and other drug problems. I also have teenagers, so I'm living the
reality of what I talk about, and the reality is that it can be a
challenging time for all involved, especially in an ever changing
landscape that includes social media, a new phenomena in youth mental
health that most of us didn't face during our adolescent years.

Also, I still work in mental health on the "front line" so to speak,
so I'm dealing with acutely unwell people on a daily basis. Currently
I am working as part of a pilot project in Melbourne working alongside
Victorian Police where we go and assess people who are in crisis,
right where they are. As you can imagine, we deal with a LOT of young
people in this team. I've conducted assessments at train stations, in
police cells, in back yards, even in a McDonald's restaurant.

Don't expect a boring 2 days full of theory! We have fun! It's a
practical course designed to leave you feeling positive and empowered.
The only negative feedback I've ever had is that the course is not
long enough. Please note that the course is fully catered and you will
also receive a Youth Mental Health First Aid training manual to keep.

I look forward to hearing from you.



Geoffrey Ahern
Mental Health Professional and Educator
Mental Health First Aid - Master Instructor
PhD Candidate - Deakin University

PO Box 6038
Vermont South VIC 3133
Mobile: 0413 658 004


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