Claudia Baxter

Courses to improve youth mental health

COMMUNITY groups in the Clarence Valley are banding together to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid courses for adults working or living with young people.

The two-day courses are suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches and youth workers and will be run by accredited principle master instructor in the standard, youth and teen mental health first aid programs, Mark McGrath of CRANES Community Support Programs.

Mr McGrath said the course taught adults how to help adolescents who were developing a mental health problem or who might be in a mental health crisis.

"Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the 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 sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation," he said.

He said that last year professional mountain bike rider, Morgan Pilley, raised more than $3000 in a Ride for Youth charity event and hoped to do the same again this year.

"Hybrid Fitness Grafton also raised funds for the cause by donating $175 from proceeds of their calendar to support youth mental wellbeing in the Clarence Valley," he said.

"We'll use these funds to subsidise the courses.

"The aim is to train a broad range of as many community members as possible."

The course costs around $1000 for up to 25 people.

More information about the course can be found https://mhfa.com.au/ courses/public/types/youth



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