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Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

Every year in Australia, 1 in 4 young people have the symptoms for a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. In the recent Australian Catholic Bishop’s Survey of young people, mental health was identified by young people as the most significant issue affecting their peers.

To help youth ministers support young people who may be experiencing mental health issues, the Archdiocesan Office for Youth offered the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course. The course, which was presented by Aaron Garth from Ultimate Youth Worker, is an accredited course which helps adults develop the skills and confidence to approach and assist a young person experiencing mental health issues or a mental health crises.

Participants from 20 different parishes and communities in the Archdiocese learned about the mental health issues which most commonly present in young people, including depression and anxiety, substance misuse, psychosis, eating disorders and trauma. Through the ALGEE framework, participants learned how to support young people in their ministries in a safe and effective way.

Bridie Keilly, a youth minster from St Macartan’s Parish in Mornington, said that “After participating in Youth Mental Health First Aid, I feel better equipped for the challenges and issues that young people face in mental health. The in-depth and explicit explanation of how to approach and support the young people in our community is priceless. Already I have recommended to so many people in my life who work with young people to participate in this course that could save the life and dignity of young people.”

If you are interested in participating in a future Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, contact the Archdiocesan Office for Youth.


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