When I was starting out in my youth work career I saw just how much need there was in many of the young people I was working with. Particularly, I saw the early signs of mental health becoming a problem for a lot of them. Withdrawal, family issues, anger I could see it as clear as day… I just wasn’t sure how to approach them about what I was seeing. I attended a mental health first aid course in 2007 and from that time on I have had confidence in how to support young people experiencing mental health problems.
Since 2016 I have taught the Youth Mental Health First Aid course to dozens of groups of people from all walks of life. School teachers, social workers, youth workers, pastors, community leaders and concerned citizens. One teacher said of the course, “it was a very informative two days, the content was presented in a really understandable way. This course has given me the knowledge and vocabulary to further support my students”.
A community leader in a recent course said, “It was just what me and my team needed as we are dealing with many 'at-risk' young people in our town every week”.
A youth worker in our last course said, “This was one of the best courses I have attended. Although the subject matter was at times difficult it was handled in a clear but empathetic way. I believe the learning I got from this course will positively impact me personally and professionally”.
In 2017 I trained over 100 people to implement the ALGEE framework with young people who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or who are in a mental health crisis. Our goal for 2018 is to train over 300 people to support young people. Will you be one of them? As one participant says, “It’s a wonderful training course to take part in, covering a range of mental health issues. We were provided with clear insight and action plans to follow if we were dealing with a mental health problem. It was beneficial to learn about ALGEE and practice applying this when learning about the different course content”.Aaron Garth
Ultimate Youth Worker
After recently surveying our network of volunteers, paid youth leaders and young people it was obvious that mental health was a priority in everyone’s eyes. Our youth leaders didn’t know how to approach the issue of mental health with young people. When they did they felt unsure if they were doing it right. We had some resources at the Office for Youth however we had not done any specific training in this area ourselves.
The team at Ultimate Youth Worker was able to tailor the Youth Mental Health First Aid course to our specific needs and context. Spending two days with our volunteer and paid youth leaders from around Melbourne diving in to the issues that we see in our young people was so helpful. Aaron has a rich experience in the youth mental health field which added flavour to our training and demystified mental health for us.
The best part was it was so easy to put on the course. Aaron and his team look after all the content and provide all the material. We are putting the knowledge from the Youth Mental Health First Aid course into our resource manual for youth leaders and are looking at how we can roll out the course to more of our leaders in the future. We recommend this course to every youth leader.Leeann & Llewy Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, Office for Youth
You will have the knowledge and skills to help
Most of all you will understand how you are able to get alongside your young people using a tried and tested framework that has been taught to over 2-million people worldwide. You will gain the confidence to have a conversation with young people that will lead to transformation. You will be prepared for the hard conversations. You will recognize the best treatment options available to young people and learn how to refer them to the right person.
Over the two days you get many opportunities to practice the skills you need to be able to effectively support a young person experiencing mental health problems. Best of all you get the peace of mind that you will be able to help the young people in your life when they need it most.
If you really want to support young people when they are facing the difficulties in their life, then this course is for you.