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How can I help? Youth Mental Health First Aid
Aug 2019

The City of Greater Geelong delivered a Youth Mental Health First Aid training course to a group of staff at The Geelong College. This 2-day course taught the staff how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. They learnt 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. Topics covered where Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Mania, Schizophrenia. The participants not only included teachers but also our valued support staff ensuring the college has a depth of knowledge for our students. Feedback for the session was overwhelmingly positive and staff felt they now have the tools to aid and assist any young person experiencing mental health issues.

Margaret McArthur

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