Mental Health training comes to town

The Far West Community Legal Centre Ltd (FWCLC) has hit the ground running for 2024, with the organisation supporting the National Wellbeing Agency in delivering free mental health and wellbeing training across Broken Hill in March.

The first set of training will be delivered on Wednesday, March 6 and Thursday, March 7, and will focus on First Nations Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing Training, while the second set of training will be delivered on Wednesday March 20 and Thursday the 21st, and will focus on First Nations Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing Training.

Both training sessions will be held from 8.30am-5pm and will be held at the Lifeline Office at 194-196 Argent St, with free catering provided for all sessions.

Lisa Braid, CEO of the FWCLC, added the Centre, “would love the opportunity to take this training with other service providers, [so if there is] interest in attending either course, please reach out”.

The FWCLC are calling for participants for both programs, confirming with the Truth that at least 15 participants are needed for each course to ensure the training is viable for the National Wellbeing Agency to deliver.

Ms Braid stressed the importance of collectively supporting training and development opportunities as they arise, because without adequate community support and buy-in, they simply won’t be available for local services and individuals into the future, she said.

Anyone aged over 18 years is eligible to attend the training for either course, which is nationally recognised and accredited.

“Our understanding of the impacts of mental health has grown so much over the last couple of decades, as has the number of people being diagnosed with mental health issues,” Ms Braid said.

“These important courses teach participants how to provide support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until professional support is received or the crisis resolves,” she added.

For more information, or to register for the training program, Ms Braid can be contacted via [email protected], or on 0437 925 988.

Alternatively, Darren Ah See, from the National Wellbeing Agency, can be contacted via [email protected].

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