The MPREC Community Development Program (CDP) and Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) teams in Walgett and Wilcannia recently completed a three day Mental Health First Aid course in mid January, delivered by NESA and funded by the Department of Prime Minister Cabinet.
MPREC staff have learnt valuable skills: recognising the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems; how to provide initial help; where and how to get professional help; what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective; and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
Photo: Staff from Wilcannia and Menindee at the course
Further courses are planned for CDP and RSAS staff in both Bourke and Cobar, to be attended by staff from Brewarrina, Bourke, Cobar, Enngonia and Murrin Bridge. This will better place MPREC staff to assist community members in crisis.
Photo: Staff from Walgett, Goodooga and Brewarrina at the course
By developing the skills of the MPREC staff, these courses will provide better client support to access and sustain long-term employment and, as a result, improve the social fabric of our communities.
The CDP initiative is proudly funded/supported by the Australian Government.
The RSAS initiative is proudly funded/supported by the Australian Government.