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