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Free Mental Health Support for the Geelong Community

Geelong Connected Communities has brought together several Geelong organisations to deliver a significant program of Mental Health First Aid to support local people.

The growing mental health crisis, exacerbated by the impacts of the COVID pandemic, led the Geelong Connected Communities board to explore options for programs that would have maximum impact across the region.

The Mental Health First Aid short course, delivered by genU training and funded by Geelong Connected Communities with support from GMHBA and Active Geelong has a focus on early intervention. It provides participants with skills to recognise those in need, provide initial support and connect with professional help. 

“The COVID pandemic has certainly challenged the Geelong community and impacted on the mental health and well-being of many. These training options are designed to assist community organisations to support their communities through these challenging times”, Geelong Connected Communities Chairman, Roger Grant.

The partnership between Geelong Connected Communities, GMHBA, Active Geelong and genU will see Mental Health First Aid courses offered free of charge to representatives of local community organisations. The free mental health education programs will be delivered by industry expert and genU Training mentor Jules Haddock. 

Further information and bookings for the program can be made on the genU website.

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