Council offers free mental health first aid training for the community

Published on 03 May 2022

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Statistics report that one in five Australians has a mental illness or disorder and that 45% of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime. Learn more about this report at DHHS.

Do you know how to recognise if someone has mental health issues or what to you can do to support them?

Frankston City Council is offering FREE mental health training to people who live, work, play, socialise and study in Frankston City.

A local resident recently attended a session and found it highly beneficial, adding: “I’ve personally struggled with mental illness myself, but I didn't really understand what happened to me. So, I started to look for more information to educate myself a little bit more. I also know a few people who are facing a mental health concerns”.

“I learned a lot from the session, which opened my eyes and my mind about mental health. Being able to notice when people around us may be having down times or difficulties is crucial. [Recognising the signs] means we can reach out and support them and direct them to find the right professional help, if needed.

“We also learned how to properly approach someone who is struggling — how to make the person feel comfortable and build some trust between you”.

“Our instructor was very knowledgeable and experienced. I would definitely recommend the training to others,” the resident said.

A number of short informative online sessions are run each month:

Register now

The short 1.5 hour online information session run by the Australian Red Cross covers typical indicators of mental health concerns and discusses effective support. It gives a basic understanding of how to support someone who is experiencing mental health concerns and is the ideal platform to begin mental health training.


Further options for Mental Health training include:  

  • Mental Health Matters half day workshops (Red Cross)

    At Ebdale Hub Community Centre on selected Saturdays 10.30am – 3pm

    Book here

  • Mental Health First Aid – standard 2 Day Accredited course (You-Group Australia)

     Monday 12 & 19 September

     Register interest at communitystrengthening@frankston.vic.gov.au

Contact Communitystrengthening@frankston.vic.gov.au or call 9768 1629 for more information.

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