JEWISHCARE is encouraging everyone in the community to register for a free mental health first aid course during October as part of mental health awareness month.
According to Mental Health First Aid Australia, one in five Australians will experience a mental illness, while during the COVID-19 lockdowns, JewishCare has seen an increase in requests for mental health support.
“Undertaking one of our mental health first aid courses helps us strengthen our community,” said Claire Gil-Munoz, Manager Mental Health and Wellbeing at JewishCare.
“The course empowers individuals to recognise a mental health crisis and shows them how to provide initial mental health first aid with practical, evidence-based actions.”
The course involves two modules, the first being a self-paced, three-and-a-half hour hour online component, which needs to be completed within a week, and the second comprising two two-and-a-half-hour group Zoom sessions.
“We offer a variety of mental health first aid courses that focus on youth, adults and older people and can also discuss a program specific to your workplace,” said Gil-Munoz.
JewishCare’s award-winning mental health and wellbeing services aim to reduce stigma, empower individuals and strengthen families.
It does this by providing inclusive and holistic support to individuals and carers, educating families and the community.
“The more community members [there are] trained in mental health first aid, the more we can reduce stigma and have the skills to start a conversation or help someone challenged with mental health concerns,” said JewishCare CEO Gary Groves.
JewishCare works closely with Australian health practitioner regulation agency’s registered health professionals.
Register for a free mental health first aid training course by phoning 1300 133 660 or emailing email@example.com.