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Mental Health First Aid Course in Warialda

Wednesday 22nd of February 2006

The Anglican Counselling Service (ACS) will be conducting a two (2) day Mental Health First Aid Course in Warialda on the 8 – 9th March, 2006 at the Warialda Golf Club from 9am-5pm.


Mrs Fay Jackson, well-known advocate for Mental Health education will be facilitating the workshop. Further, Mrs Jackson will be speaking at a Public Forum on Mental Health in the Warialda HACC rooms from 7.30pm on Thursday night, 9th March. The public forum is open to all members of the community.


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 trebled in the last eight (8) months with significant 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 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 MH 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 Community2004, 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 40 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.


For further details contact Rev. Brian Kirk on 02 67624380, Janelle Smith on 02 67291392 or Fay Jackson on 0438472254 or www.openmindsconsultancy.com.au.


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

22 February, 2006

Phone contact: (02) 6762 4380

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