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The release of a new Australian film about mental health is a timely reminder that one in five Australians is affected by mental-health issues each year.

Knowing how to give assistance is a valuable adjunct to first-aid training. Mental Health First Aid is an award-winning accredited course being held in Tweed Heads next month.

The course, which was established by mental-health nurse Diane Hickey, is being run by DiH Health and Wellbeing, on October 17 and 18.

‘Many organisations now see this training as being equally important as knowing how to give CPR,’ Ms Hickey said.

A certificate of completion and course materials are included in the fee of $300 plus GST. Concession discounts available.

Ms Hickey, who presents the two-day course, brings a wealth of experience from nursing and education to teach people how to act when someone is in a crisis situation, or in the early stages of a mental-health problem.

‘A wide range of people find this course very helpful including those considering a career in mental health, and community sector and public sector employees who come into contact with members of the public. People working in helping professions with regular contact with members of the public will benefited greatly from this training.

‘As with basic first aid, the way you react in a pressure situation can have a huge difference to the person’s wellbeing. I teach people how to give first aid until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

‘First-aid training is something many people do. With this nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid course you gain confidence and skills to give first aid to someone experiencing a mental health issue,’ Ms Hickey said.

Ms Hickey has been delivering the course for over three years and is classed as a ‘master trainer’. She has an extensive training background, running a number of courses, and recently trained members of the Queensland Police Service, and Queensland Health staff working on the 13 HEALTH info line.

To enquire about the Mental Health First Aid course at Tweed Heads on 17–18 October 2012 phone 1300 668 089 or book online at www.di-h.com.au.

 


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