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Mental Health First Aid Course in Narrabri

Tuesday 30th of May 2006

The Anglican Counselling Service (ACS) will be conducting a two (2) day Mental Health First Aid Course in Narrabri on the 22, 23 June, 2006 in the Nandewar Motor Inn from 9am- 4.30pm followed by a Public Mental Health Forum on the Friday night, 23rd June in the Narrabri Public School Hall at 7.30pm.


The Anglican Counselling Service recently conducted the same course in Warialda and Tamworth with over 80 participants attending. Some overall impressions were “great and mind-blowing”, “excellent”, “really worthwhile”, “a privilege to be here”, “interesting and informative”, “well presented and a good facilitator”.


Mrs Fay Jackson, well-known advocate for Mental Health education will be conducting the workshop on behalf of ACS. Further, Mrs Jackson will be speaking at a Public Forum on Mental Health in Narrabri where all members of the public are invited.


The aim of the course is to increase community awareness about mental health. It does not teach people to be therapists. Rather, it teaches how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to go about guiding a person towards appropriate professional help. People with mental health problems are “normal” people who happen to be sick.


The number of people seeking professional counselling help from ACS for depression and related issues has increased significantly in the last 8 months along with increases in referrals from Health Practitioners. It is estimated that 20% of the population will experience mental health problems in any one year.


Topics covered include overview of mental health problems in Australia, depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders and how to help a suicidal person, or a person having a panic attack; how to help a psychotic person threatening violence or if a person has overdosed.


Mrs Fay Jackson is CEO of Open Minds Consultancy which is a company delivering training and education to workplaces and educational institutions. She is a nationally renowned motivational speaker on Mental Health and has been invited to address parliament on several occasions.


Previous to owning her own company she was the director of Consumer and Carer Affairs with Illawarra Mental Health Service.


She is the Consumer consultant and media spokesperson for Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, Sane Australia and Beyondblues’ Bipolar Initiative.


Fay has been the recipient of several awards some of which include the Australian Society of Psychiatric Research Award for the Consumer award for Mental Health in the Work Place, presented to her in Brisbane, 2005, the prestigious Australian Rotary Health Research Fund award for Meritorious Service to the Australian Community 2004, Mental Health Association Consumer of the year award 2003 and several other state and federal awards for her work in the consumer movement.


She is a member of the NSW Mental Health Task Force which is an advisory body to the government formed this year.

Fay is also both a Psychologically Diverse Citizen and a Carer.


There is a limit of 50 places in the Mental Health First Aid Course and it is “free” courtesy of funding from the Australian Government and local organizations. Full attendance is required to receive the certificate.


To register your place, please ring ACS on 02 6765 2527.


For More Information Contact:

Anglican Counselling Service (Diocese of Armidale)
PO Box 3052 Tamworth 2340
Tel: (02) 6762 4380
FAX: (02) 6762 5740
Internet: acsdarm@acsdarm.org.au


Authorised: Rev Brian Kirk, Executive Director

30 May, 2006

Phone contact: (02) 6762 4380

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