General Description

An Accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider is someone who has completed the 14hr YMHFA Course and completed the online assessment at the end of the course. This Accreditation remains valid for 3 years.

 At the end of this 3 year period, the individual can opt to complete a Refresher Course to keep their Accreditation valid for another 3 years. At the end of this second 3 year period, the individual must complete the full 14hr course to maintain their Accreditation.

Audience

Individuals who have previously completed the 12hr Standard or 14hr Youth MHFA Course and want to refresh their skills to extend their Accreditation for another 3 years.

 Please note, if you have not completed a 12hr or 14hr Course you cannot be Accredited as a Youth Mental Health First Aider at the conclusion of the refresher training.

Teaching Standards

4.4.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Maintain student safety:   Ensure students’ wellbeing and safety within school by implementing school and/ or system, curriculum and legislative requirements

 

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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au for more details.

Venue Information:

Club York

Level 2, 99 York St

Sydney

Map

Directions

It is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club.  Take the lift to Level 2.  A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay.  Middle of CBD.

Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.

Parking

Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates


COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

Sessions

Session One

2 hours

Participants will refresh their knowledge of key mental health issues pertaining to youth who may be experiencing the onset of mental illness, the worsening of symptoms, or a mental health crisis with:

- depression

- anxiety

- substance use disorders

- eating disorders

- suicide and non-suicidal self-injury


Session Two

2 hours

Participants will revise the ALGEE action plan and apply their understanding of the ALGEE action plan to common mental illnesses effecting youth through skills-based practical activities.


What To Bring

Participants only require a pen and writing paper if they wish to take extra notes, but they will be provided with a course manual on the day.

Presenter

Donna Redman

Donna is a writer, speaker, teacher trainer and secondary educator. She has expertise in student wellbeing, establishing effective school systems and positive strategies for youth suicide prevention. In 2013 Donna was awarded the NSW Premier’s Anika Foundation Youth Depression Awareness Scholarship and examined strategies implemented globally for youth suicide prevention and she recognized the importance of proactively enhancing teacher confidence within the school context. Donna assisted in the planning of the Wollongong Diocesan Suicide Pre, Inter and Post-Vention Strategic Plan. Donna’s company Awaken Youth facilitates NESA Accredited 'Gatekeeper’ workshops for teachers as well as targeted suicide prevention training for parents and guardians of young people. Additionally, Donna is an accredited trainer with LivingWorks and delivers safeTALK suicide prevention training to senior students in secondary schools. In 2015 she presented at the Suicide Prevention Australia Conference on the topic ‘Teachers: the greatest untapped resource in youth suicide prevention.’ She is a member of the Macarthur Suicide Prevention Network committee and is employed as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline. In 2017 Donna presented workshops nationally at the Positive Schools Conference titled: ‘Positive Strategies for the Prevention of Youth Suicide’. In 2018 she will be presenting in Sydney at the ProPsych Mental Health in Schools Conference on the topic ‘Child and Youth Suicide Prevention in the School Context’. Donna is also the author of the young adult novel Awakening Sebastian, which communicates a strong positive and preventative message regarding youth suicide.