Youth Mental Health First Aid in Katherine (27th November to 1st December 2017)

Youth Mental Health First Aid in Katherine (27th November to 1st December 2017)

About this Opportunity

Carers NT is providing the opportunity for Carers in the Katherine region to complete the Youth version of Mental Health First Aid free of charge. 

A Carer is a family member or friend who provides unpaid care and support to someone who has a disability, chronic illness, developmental delay, mental illness, drug or alcohol issue or who is frail aged. 

If you are a person who provides unpaid care and support to someone then you are eligible to register as a Carer with Carers NT to attend this course offering as well as access other services.

Course Details and Registration

To be eligible you need to be registered as a Carer with Carers NT, or have begun the process of registering by completing the referral form and emailing to [email protected]

A small number of places are available for Carers who do not wish to register with Carers NT and their attendance at this course will be sponsored by Mental Mates.

People in the Katherine region who are caring for a person with a young person with a disability, developmental delay, mental health problem or substance use issues are encouraged to refer themselves to Carers NT in order to attend this course. 

Session Dates: Monday the 27th, Tuesday the 28th, Thursday the 30th and Friday the 1st of December

Session Times: Each morning from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  (Light refreshments will be provided.)

Venue: Red Cross Training Room, 74 - 84 Riverbank Drive, Katherine NT

How to register:  REGISTER ONLINE HERE.     

Cost: The course is free for Carers.  .

There are a limited number of places on this course for individuals who are not in a Caring role to attend. These participants will be charged the market rate of $250 per person and need to make a direct inquiry to Carers NT if they wish to seek a place on the course.  

For further information call Noelene Armstrong, Mental Health Coordinator at Carers NT on 08 8944 4888 or email [email protected].

What is a 'Carer'?

Even if you have long provided unpaid care and support to a family member or friend you may be unfamiliar with the term 'Carer'.  Alternately, you may have heard the term, but do not identify with it. 

This is not unusual, and many people who meet the description of a 'Carer', view their actions as part of their usual role as partner / parent / child / sibling / friend etc to the person in their life who has a disability, chronic illness, developmental delay, mental illness, is aged, etc.   

If you are unsure whether you are a 'Carer', ask yourself whether you provide any of the following supports to someone in your life with disability, chronic illness, mental illness, etc.  

  • Do you regularly provide emotional support to the person?
  • Do you help the person attend appointments?
  • Do you advocate for the person to access services?
  • Do you help them with personal care, transport, household tasks, communication, or to access the community?
  • Do you take time off work to care for them?
  • Do you give comfort and encouragement to keep them safe?
  • Do you monitor their safety because you are concerned for their welfare?
  • Do you help someone to live as independently as possible?

If you do, then you are likely to be a Carer and eligible to register with our service.  To commence the process of registering, complete the referral form and email it to [email protected].

Please note that to register as a Carer with Carers NT, you do not need to be receiving a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.  We also register multiple family members who provide care and support, and in fact we have a special program for Young Carers aged between 5 and 25 to acknowledge the extra challenges they face.

About Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience).  Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental Health First Aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country.  Carers NT offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches adults how to respond to an adolsecent or young person who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.  There are other versions of Mental Health First Aid including the Standard version which is also being offered in the Katherine region to Carers within the same period.

  View the course outline  for the Youth version of Mental Health First Aid or download and print the course flyer .

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