Mental Health Training
To date, SPAN’s role in training has mainly been in facilitating a variety of training courses through promoting, booking, catering, covering venue and cost of participant manuals etc., in support of trainers provided by other organisations. These courses have provided training for around 100 community members each year and range from 3 hours to 1 and 2 days. SPAN has also introduced and continues to make possible interactive training sessions for various young sports people using a program called “Read the Play”.
A recently awarded post bushfire recovery grant through Coordinare and supported by donation from Insurance Advisernet Foundation, now enables SPAN to expand its mental health training activities for community members. Funding provided through this grant will enable two suitably experienced SPAN members to undertake “train-the-trainer” training with Mental Health First Aid Australia. These educators will then be available to provide courses to community members, increasing the number of such training opportunities to people in our region.