WEDNESDAY night will mark an important milestone for the Where There’s A Will Foundation (WTAW).
For the first time in the Upper Hunter-based organisation’s history, and possibly Australia, leading mental health expert Geoffrey Ahern will use the WTAW’s Facebook, live, to deliver a beginner’s guide to mental health first aid.
“The presentation, from 7.30pm, will provide advice on how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, give an overview of some of the treatments available, offer guidance on how to help and support someone experiencing mental health problems and identify some of the causes and risk factors for mental illness,” WTAW co-founder Pauline Carrigan said.
“Importantly, there’ll also be advice on what you can do if you find yourself in a crisis situation where someone is demonstrating suicidal behaviour, panic attacks or other symptoms of mental illness.
“We believe this is the first time mental health [first aid education] has been delivered in this manner and hope to have a massive audience right around Australia.
“So, go to facebook.com/uhwheretheresawill
“It might just help you save a life.”
In another key moment for the foundation, every coach – from juniors to first grade – in Group 21 will be asked to undertake a mental health first aid course this season, too.
The mentors will gain training on recognising the signs and symptoms, and how to talk to and treat players.