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New training program to promote seniors’ mental health

26 August 2018 Wesley Mission news

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies recently announced Wesley Mission will deliver training across Sydney and regional NSW to promote mental health for seniors.

The Older Persons Mental Health First Aid (OPMHFA) training helps identify and lead people to mental health support earlier, and is designed for seniors and those working with older people.

“Often mental health issues experienced by older people can go undetected,” Mrs Davies said. “These workshops will mean problems can be detected earlier and help reached sooner.

“Those who receive the training will be able to give initial assistance and then advice about where to go for help, if needed.”

Wesley Mission will deliver OPMHFA training in Sydney, South Eastern Sydney (including St Vincent’s Health Network), Northern Sydney, Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee and Far West Local Health Districts.

The CEO of Wesley Mission, the Rev Keith Garner said Wesley Mission was delighted with the opportunity to provide Older Persons Mental Health First Aid training.

“The mental health challenges facing older Australians are growing and becoming more complex,” Mr Garner said.

“Mental Health First Aid training is important for early intervention, maintaining the dignity and well-being of individuals and building our community’s capacity to care.”

Older Person Mental Health First Aid training is expected to begin across NSW from October this year, with successful organisations promoting the training and taking registrations in their delivery regions.


If you or someone you know needs crisis support please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information on where to find mental health services in your community contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

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