Many times when we help, we do not really serve…. Serving is also different from fixing.
R. N. Remen
Do you know what to do when you see someone in distress?
Here are a couple of scenarios to test you…
Scenario One: It is a busy afternoon in the office and as you walk into the bathroom you notice Ana standing at the sink looking upset, her breathing is heavy and she is wringing her hands.
She is standing in one spot shuffling her feet, she looks very agitated and distressed. As you go to walk past she grabs hold of you, and says she can’t breathe and that her chest is tight. She says she is dizzy and she’s afraid that something bad is going to happen.
What do you do?
Scenario Two: You have been concerned about your partner for a while now. She doesn’t appear to be sleeping well, she is listless and uninterested in life, and seems to be withdrawing into herself. When you can get her to talk to you, she tells you she’s fine and not to worry.
What do you do?
These scenarios can come up at work, with your friends and family. How do you start talking about these issues with someone that you’re concerned about? Can you help?
Mental Health First Aid will teach you a framework for assisting people with these scenarios and many others. You also learn the signs and symptoms of developing mental illness so you can assist before a crisis. However, if a crisis occurs (panic attack, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, self-injury, psychosis, severe effects from alcohol and/or drug misuse) you will also have the tools to assist.
We are running a Mental Health First Aid course, open to the public, on the 25th and 26th of August. We would love to teach you these vital skills. Discounts are available to groups of two or more, booking together.
Date: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th August 2015
Time: 8.45am – 4pm both days
Venue: Mt Claremont
Cost: $395 plus GST. A 20% discount is available for groups of two or more
Included: Comprehensive Mental Health First Aid manual, comprehensive community resources, all materials, catering.
If you have attended one of our courses and you got a lot out of it, please forward this to your family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to attend so we can spread these vital skills in our communities.