YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH HIGH ON THE SUNSHINE COAST AGENDA
The recent Mental Health Summit held at the University of the Sunshine Coast appears to have been a catalyst for both major political parties making significantly revised commitments to the provision of much needed mental health infrastructure in Australia.
With the high level of focus now on mental health and the fact that politicians have shown an appreciation for the valuable work related to youth mental health undertaken by our Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry, we are seeing some positive steps towards the development and delivery of services and programs to assist youth at risk or in crisis across Australia.
A two day Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) interactive workshop developed by the University of Melbourne's Orygen Youth Health Research Centre and headed by Profession Patrick McGorry, will be delivered by the Australian College of Community Services (ACCS) at the Sunshine Coast next week.
Given this recent focus, the demand for this workshop has been high showing that the Sunshine Coast is concerned for the welfare of its youth. There is a real need for those people working with youth in any capacity, to learn first aid skills to assist when it becomes first apparent that a young person is at risk. The workshop also provides the knowledge to support a young person with a longer term mental health problem.
The connection with the Mental Health Association QLD and its 50 years of service to the community has shown ACCS how essential it is to address mental health issues in young people as soon as they arise.
According to ACCS CEO, Geoff Riddell, the Youth Mental Health First Aid Workshop provides an avenue for people to not only learn these important skills, but also to help change these attitudes and help our young people recover by developing their own coping strategies.
"The earlier we can identify young people at risk, the better chance they have of recovery and achieving quality of life", Mr Riddell said.
The workshop will be carried out by qualified YMHFA professionals at Maroochydore on 24th & 25th August, 2010.
Mental Health Association QLD
18 August 2010
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