"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance"- Derek Bok
Did you know that every year approximately one in every five Australians experience a mental illness?
Would you know what to do if someone close to you developed a mental illness such as anxiety, depression, psychotic illness, or substance abuse? Would you be able to recognise and understand the early warning signs and know how to respond to them? While knowledge about physical health problems and regular first aid is prevalent, there is a significant gap of knowledge when it comes to mental health... but there doesn't have to be.
Discussions about mental illness are serious, extremely important, and could save someone's life. Understanding what is going on in the minds of those suffering from mental illnesses is crucial to your ability to effectively provide them the help they need.
Mental health first aid training will equip you with the knowledge and understanding to deal with a mental health emergency, and you can gain this training from various organisations around Perth.
Here are a few organisations in Perth that offer mental health courses purpose built for youths, adults, families, and workplaces:
Mental Health First Aid Australia provide training for individuals, groups and workplaces, specialising in training for families, schools, health professionals, work places, and youth mental health. The resources and references they use will be specific to the particular course you choose in order to provide the most appropriate and effective learning experience. A scholarship program is also offered to families and individuals that cannot afford the cost of the training. To donate, please click on the link to redirect to their secure fundraising site MyCause. If you wish to be put on the scholarship waiting list or would like to book a course, please contact Making Sense of Health directly.
The Mental Health Recovery Institute offer a variety of courses specifically designed for the workplace. Their next accredited 2 day course is taking place on the 12th and 13th of February, and you can register here.
Alternatively, the Red Cross are offering a non-accredited 2 day course on the 9th and 10th March, 2015. Find out more on their website.
Mental health is important. If you or someone you know is suffering from a mental health problem, there is comprehensive support available. Please follow the link to view a list of help lines and other mental health services within Western Australia.