RAMPH to host Community Skills training course to help residents identify mental health concerns

Residents will soon be able to identify and approach conversations with those struggling with their mental health, thanks to a free short course coming to Nyngan.

The Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMPH) are delivering a short 1.5 hour Community Skills training course to help members of the community identify those who may be experiencing a mental health concern.

The course is designed to provide skills in broaching the conversation and how to encourage the person to get professional help.

Rural Mental Health Coordinator for RAMPH Camilla Herbig said early intervention was key in assisting with mental health concerns.

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"We know that one in five people each year will experience a mental health problem, and this increased to over a 45 per cent chance across our lifetime," she said.

"So we will all have some contact with a mental health concern across our lifetime, whether it be personally experiencing it or being the family members, friend or colleague of someone having a tough time."

Ms Herbig said the course is suitable for anyone who is in a position where they may be supporting someone experiencing a mental health concern.

"The earlier we recognise there is a problem and seek help, the sooner we can begin to get things back on track to becoming well again," she said.

"Learning the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns, how to broach the conversation, and where to seek professional help can assist in building our skills and confidence in supporting someone doing it tough."

The free CSST course is being held in Nyngan on Tuesday, February 4 from 11am at the Nyngan RSL Club and is supported by the Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service Social and Emotional Wellbeing Team.

To RSVP please contact Narelle Blackhall on 6884 7502 or narelleb@dubboams.com.au

For more information on RAMHP people can contact Ms Herbig on 6881 4153 or camilla.kenny@health.nsw.gov.au or visit the RAMHP website.