Issue 4
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Instructor and CDU Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Dr Hana Morrissey
Instructor and CDU Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Dr Hana Morrissey

Mental health first aid training on offer

By Katie Weiss

Members of the public can become qualified mental health first aiders through a series of 12-hour training courses at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

Instructor and Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Dr Hana Morrissey said the courses would train people in self-help and to helping others, such as family members or a colleague, and aimed to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health issues.

“The training will enable community members to support people with mental health issues by recognising their needs and connecting them with professional help,” Dr Morrissey said.

“Participants will learn how to apply mental health first aid until the crisis is over or the appropriate professional help arrives.”

She said workers in frontline professions, such as pharmacists, nurses and doctors, also would benefit from the Mental Health First Aid courses.

“The courses will also help tertiary students in these areas support themselves and their peers during their study years,” Dr Morrissey said.

Starting in April, people who successfully complete the courses will receive a Mental Health First Aid qualification that will be valid for three years.

A course fee will cover costs for a manual and lunch provided.

For further information or to apply, contact Dr Morrissey on T: 0417 246 597 or E: Hana.Morrissey@cdu.edu.au