RAMHP Education

RAMHP provides education and training to individuals, communities and service providers aimed at supporting and linking community members to the services they need.

In addition to a core set of presentations, we provide locally tailored mental health education and awareness in response to community need. We promote the use of evidence-based strategies to cope with mental health problems by increasing knowledge and understanding of:

  • the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems (mental illness literacy)
  • the services and treatments that are available to help with mental health problems
  • the most effective ways of accessing treatments and services
  • the self-care strategies that can be used to prevent and recover from mental health problems

The RAMHP education toolkit includes Community Support Skills (CSS) training, Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training, as well as Standard, Youth and Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid courses.

Community Support Skills

The Community Support Skills (CSS) training package is designed to meet the needs of Rural and Remote Communities in NSW. Presented by our experienced RAMHP Coordinators across the state, the package is available to community members who would like to develop the skills to identify and appropriately assist people experiencing mental health concerns.

CSS training develops the skills, knowledge and confidence of participants to identify and approach people they are concerned about, and provide appropriate advice and support to connect those people with the best service for them. Participants are also encouraged to practice self-care and to seek help if they have any concerns about their own mental wellbeing.

Interested in a course?

Please contact us if you are interested in CSS training.

Claire Elligett
Senior Project Officer
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(02) 6363 8446

Workplace Support Skills

The Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training package is designed for front-line staff, in government and non-government organisations, likely to become aware of the impacts of stress and adversity on their customers or clients. WSS training is available to a wide range of organisations, from those in agricultural industries, recruitment agencies, to schools and those in the financial sector.

WSS training provides staff with the skills and knowledge to deal effectively with clients experiencing stress, to minimise the negative impacts of their own interactions with clients, and to identify when it may be necessary to seek further assistance and link clients with appropriate health services.

Participants also receive information relevant to their everyday lives, such as how to look after their own mental wellbeing, how to recognise a person may be struggling with their mental health and how to both seek and provide appropriate help.

Interested in a course?

Please contact us if your organisation would like to undertake WSS training.

Claire Elligett
Senior Project Officer
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(02) 6363 8446

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is showing signs of poor mental health, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves (MHFA Australia).

Delivering targeted MHFA courses across rural NSW has previously been a major component of RAMHP. Last year the program exceeded its minimum target of 50 courses for the funding year, delivering 83 workshops for over 1,300 participants.

The courses are targeted at rural service providers and community groups, Indigenous communities, and sub-groups including rural women, older farmers and farming families.

RAMHP partners with a number of organisations to deliver MHFA, including rural health and welfare organisations, the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), vocational services and rural University departments.

RAMHP is focusing on the delivery of Community Skills Training but may be able to deliver standard MHFA courses, Aboriginal MHFA courses and Youth MHFA courses. Please get in contact and if we are unable to provide the course we can link you to someone you can.

Course Registration

To express interest in a course you must complete the online form. It can be found here.

Interested in a course?

Please contact us if your organisation would like to undertake MHFA training.

Jenn Caine
RAMHP Program Implementation Coordinator
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(02) 6363 8428