A partnership for better mental health

17/06/2019 02:56 PM

The NSW State Emergency Service and NSW SES Volunteers Association

are ensuring volunteers learn how to identify and manage the potential mental

health triggers in themselves and others by funding a Mental Health First Aid

course in Moruya this weekend.

The course will also provide information on where to get professional support,

treatment options and teaches coping strategies.

“The NSW SES is committed to promoting and protecting the mental health

and wellbeing of all our volunteers,” says South Eastern Zone Commander –

Chief Superintendent Colin Malone.

Twenty NSW SES volunteers will participate in the two-day course and will

receive an accredited ‘Mental Health First Aid’ qualification which is valid for

three years.

“The Volunteers Association continues to champion mental health support

mechanisms for the volunteers, who support their communities 24x7 as first

responders. Providing this course is just one way was are doing that,” says

NSW SES Volunteers Association President Kim Davis.

NSW SES has 9,500 volunteers who partner with their communities prior to

and during emergencies. Read more ses.nsw.gov.au/volunteer

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