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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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19 Mental Health First Aid There are many reasons why people need mental health first aid training: Firstly, mental health problems are common, especially depression, anxiety and misuse of alcohol and other drugs. One in five Australian adults will suffer from some form of common mental health problems in any given year, therefore it is highly likely throughout the course of any persons life they will either develop or come into contact with someone who does have a mental health problem. Secondly, people often feel embarrassed and reluctant to seek help due to the stigma attached to mental health problems. One of the aims of MHFA training is to reduce this stigma via educating people and providing them with a greater awareness about mental illness, how to recognize signs and symptoms, how to provide initial help and how to go about seeking professional help when necessary. Tanya Gordon speaking on overcoming depression at the Town Council on 27 August 2008 Dancing in the Dark On 25-29 August, young singer Tanya Gordon visited Alice Springs to give a free Community Talk and visit local high-schools to talk about her journey living with and overcoming depression (also accompanied by Peter Bourke from headspace), a very fruitful trip organised by Teen Challenge. I attended Tanyas visit to St Philips and her Talk on 27 August to provide follow-up information on MHACAs services and resources. Tanya is an inspiring speaker who struck an instant chord with her audiences, particularly the high-school students. As Donnas article on Narrative Therapy highlights (page 49) there is deep value in sharing our stories, not only making us stronger but also helping and inspiring others. Reports In addition to compiling our Jan-June 08 Service Report, 2007-2008 Annual Report and 2008 Matt Deer Camp report, our new Strategic Plan 2008-2011 was also formatted, all of which are available for viewing on our website. X Addendum: The feature track on Tanyas latest CD is the feature song on the recently released Salvation Army DVD Braver, Stronger, Wiser aimed at beating depression in rural Australia (see Resources on page 58). Course Dates 2009 17-18 February 17-18 March 21-22 April 18-19 May 23-24 June 21-22 July 18-19 August 22-23 September 20-21 October 17-18 November Why Mental Health First Aid? For enquires or bookings contact Rita Riedel on 8950 4613 or email rita.riedel@mhaca.org.au Co-facilitator Yarran Cavalier (centre) with MHFA participants in September 2008 from: Centralian Snr Secondary College, DEEWR, Congress SEWB and Remote Health AOD, Life Without Barriers, CARHS Remote Health Tennant, Centacare, MHACA, Drug & Alcohol, DEET Student Services and ADSCA