Building Mentally Healthy Communities

Published 31 Aug 2021

Being part of a ‘mentally healthy’ community is something we all aspire to. Feeling that we belong, are supported, and can reach out for help if we need it- all create a sense of safety and wellbeing that helps us to maintain resilience and thrive through good times and bad.

With ongoing lockdowns and restrictions associated with COVID-19, many people are feeling a significant strain on their mental health and wellbeing. One in five people have reported high or very high levels of psychological distress associated with the pandemic.

GMHBA, in partnership with Geelong Connected Communities, genU, and others, are pleased to announce the delivery of no-cost Mental Health First Aid courses to the Geelong community.

Mental Health First Aid training can support everyone, not just medical professionals, to be able to recognise and respond appropriately to the first signs of mental illness or psychological distress in others.

Just as First Aid training increases the likelihood that in the event of an accident or crisis there will be immediate and potentially lifesaving help available, Mental Health First Aid training helps to ensure that anyone experiencing poor mental health will get the support they need when they need it.

Businesses and community organisations have a crucial role to play in training staff who can recognise the signs, symptoms, and needs of staff or community members who might be dealing with poor mental health or going through a particularly challenging time.

As such, businesses and community organisations from across Geelong are invited to register a representative for the full and short Mental Health First Aid courses available through this initiative.

A short ‘Managing Your Own Mental Health’ webinar is also open to anyone in the community who is interested in building their own self-awareness and resilience.

Find out more and register your interest today.