Free course to identify and assist people struggling with mental health

01st Sep 2020

New England Community College is offering a Community Support Skills Training Course at the College on Thursday 17th September for organisations, groups and community members.
Andrew Daley, coordinator for Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, will lead the free course which will help residents identify and assist people struggling with mental health.
“The recent horrendous fires, the prolonged drought and now COVID 19 have stretched the resolve of many rural people,” Andrew said.
“Every person has a set point where enough stress will outstrip their endurance. Unresolved stress can lead to more serious mental health issues in the long run.”
“We know that one in five people each year will experience a mental health problem, and this percentage increases to over 45% across a lifetime.
“This means that at some point in time we all will have contact with a mental health condition, whether it be a personal experience, a family member, friend, or someone we know having a tough time.
“The earlier we recognise there is a problem and seek help, the sooner we can get things back on track towards mental wellness. Unfortunately, people in the bush are less likely to seek help.”
The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMPH) are delivering a short 1.5 hour Community Support Skills training course to help members of the community identify and assist those who may be experiencing a mental health problem. The course also encourages people to take care of their own mental wellbeing.
Learning the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health, how to approach a conversation with someone, and where to seek professional help can assist in building skills and confidence in supporting someone doing it tough.
The Community Support Skills Course is being hosted by New England Community College and will be held in Guyra on Thursday 17th September 2020 from 10am to 11.30am. Please RSVP to NECC 67792132 or email