Mental health is a state of being, or a state of ‘well-ness’ in relation to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being at all stages of life. It can affect how we think, feel, act and relate to the world around us. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to our friends, family & co-workers, and make decisions.
Being mentally healthy and living well is something that is important to everyone, regardless of if living with a mental illness or not, and we are fortunate to have so much awareness and resources around this issue to learn at this time.
Some places to get you started:
- RUOK has some great resources to tap into (in particular have a look at their site for educators or in the workplace).
- Black Dog Institute runs community webinars giving you access to mental health sessions wherever you are.
- Join the Positive Psychology Bookclub – an open group that meets every 6 weeks to discuss positive psychology books and how to apply positive psychology to our personal lives, jobs, relationships, etc. in the aim of enabling us to become happier, more successful and resilient.
If you would like to know more, below are some courses that you may be interested in exploring further.
|Course||Fees / Duration||Description|
|Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Certificate||12-14hr courses, fees involved||Blended / online / face to face. |
MHFA courses teach participants how to assist people who are developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
All courses are delivered by an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
|Mental Health Care for People with an Intellectual Disability||free training – variety||People with an intellectual disability are at increased risk of developing a mental disorder, compared to the general population. UNSW in partnership with NSW Health, Ageing Disability & Home Care, & the Health Education & Training Institute is providing this practical resource with a focus on the fundamental skills and knowledge needed for this area. This includes communication, assessment and management of mental disorders|
|Safe Work: Mental Health at work||2hr, free training||Many of us will be affected by mental ill-health at some stage in our life, with the current challenging times increasing this risk. One in six workers are experiencing it right now and steps to prevent mental ill health can make a difference. The ‘Your Mental Health at Work’ training will help you manage your own mental health at work and show you how you can support others. This easy-to-do training is delivered by a psychologist from the Black Dog Institute, who is an expert in mental health at work.|
|Psychology & Mental Health Courses||Fees involved, however offering a 7 day free trial||Mental health training or explore the science and psychology behind human development with a range of online mental health and psychology courses.|
Let us know if you have any questions, or if you know of any other great resources to share!
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