Scouts NSW has received a sizable funding grant to train up to 1,200 new Mental Health First Aiders located across all Regions! These opportunities will be both for Youth MHFA Youth and Teen MHFA Awareness Training, with all participants accredited as Mental Health First Aiders.
We have received a number of expressions of interest from Leaders across all Regions to participate in the additional role of an externally-accredited MHFA instructor. Up to 16 successful candidates will be enrolled into a Mental Health First Aid Instructor course with Mental Health First Aid Australia. Once accredited, Instructors will be able to disperse Youth MHFA and Teen MHFA Awareness Training to adult Leaders across all Regions.
We are also working with the Rovers PAW Patrol to book awareness courses for Rover Scouts and others in the fire affected Regions (primarily Riverina and South Coast and Tablelands), initially to establish an on-ground response to the mental health issues facing Scouting families and build the number of younger mental health first aiders.
Familiarise yourself with the Mental Health First Aid logo - we want people talking about these awareness courses and asking for them in their Regions!
If you have any enquiries about this exciting project, please send them to MHFA@nsw.scouts.com.au.
Anthony Pritchard, Grace Mitchell, Janet Hale, Phil Crutchley and Anne-Marie Templeman
MHFA Steering Committee