If you are a parent, carer, or work with young people in Hepburn Shire, you are invited to enrol in free training to help you to better support young people who may be experiencing mental health challenges.

Hepburn Shire Council and Youth Gurus are running accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid training for community members in July.

The training is a blended workshop with four hours of online training (done in your own time) and one full day of face-to-face training.

“This free training will be helpful for anyone who interacts with young people. You’ll learn what to look out for when it comes to mental health challenges and also how you can support people in need or during times of crisis,” said Mayor, Cr Brian Hood.

“In the development of our ACE Youth Strategy, 59% of respondents said that improving mental wellbeing should be Council’s top priority in terms of how we can best support our young people,” said Cr Hood.

“We encourage anyone aged 18+ to come along and learn about youth mental health and gain practical skills that will help navigate day-to-day challenges and mental health crises.”

Places are limited. The face-to-face component of the training will be held on Sunday 30 July from 9.30am to 5.30pm at Creswick Neighbourhood Centre. Find out more and register at www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/Young-people.