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Mental health training in Shawville at St. Paul’s

A mental health first aid course saw the first half take place on Saturday at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, where the group were taught on a variety of issues surrounding stigma and how to help those suffering. Pictured, Hilary Jocelyn, an experienced mental health first aid trainer, begins the portion on substance abuse and the effects on mental health.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
SHAWVILLE March 24, 2018
A different kind of first aid training arrived in Shawville on Saturday, when a church played host to a mental health workshop on Saturday.
Around 30 people gathered at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall on March 24, for a day-long session on mental health first aid, to better understand how they can help those around them.
“In the course we talk about substance use … youth disorders, depression and suicide,” said Hilary Jocelyn, an experienced mental health first aid trainer who taught the course. “Then when we come back in two weeks we’re going to talk about anxiety and psychosis.”
Jocelyn said that the course is standard mental health training, originally developed in Australia with the idea of creating first aid training available like it is for physical ailments.

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