Older person MHFA, Using recovery model to get through COVID, support services, course dates. 
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Mental Wellness Newsletter
Recovery is Possible!
"Your illness doesn't define you; your strength and courage does"

Mental Health First Aid guidelines for helping the confused older person.

All MHFA guidelines:

              Using the Recovery Model
           to get through COVID-19 times

The CHIME model is an abbreviation on some of the core elements of recovery. Below explores how we can use some of these elements to get through this difficult time. 

Before you read my ideas have a look at the acronym yourself and see if you can think of any of your own ideas on how these things can be helping during covid-19 times. 


C Connectedness

H Hope and optimism

I   Identity

M  Meaning and purpose

E  Empowerment

CONNECTEDNESS  We need to be creative with how we can connect at these times. It is a chance to be creative though. What ideas can you come up with? 

HOPE  We often look forward to holidays or seeing our workmates in person. There is definitely a loss in not having those things to look forward to. It is important to acknowledge that loss. Often people say "first world problems" however, it is important to have self-compassion and empathy and grieve any losses. So hope doesn't mean blind optimism or not acknowledging the challenges. Making space for all emotions can help release those emotions so we can feel more hopeful and optimistic. Sometimes we need to talk to a professional or a friend or do journalling to process the losses so we can experience hope. Then we can create new things to be hopeful about during covid time restrictions. Furthermore,  hold hope for the time in the future when restrictions ease more. 

IDENTITY Identity is something we may rarely think about but it is important. The changes in the world can have an impact on your roles and identity. The changes due to Covid may actually make us feel we are not living true to who we actually are. We could help us maintain a sense of identity at this time by looking at what we usually did before covid times. Why did we do those things? What was the value that drove us to do that? For example, perhaps we used to run marathons and they have been cancelled. What do we value about running a marathon? Was it for a sense of achievement or for health reasons? If so, what could we do during covid times that could give us a sense of achievement? What could we do for our health?  

MEANING AND PURPOSE  When I was having a bad day in community mental health my boss would suggest I go and think about why I decided to work in this industry in the first place. I realised that it was because I want to help lessen the suffering of others. Find what is meaningful about what you do for work or study. Also think about what is your purpose in life and what drives you. Doing the Values In Action survey can make you think about what you really value

EMPOWERMENT  Realise what you can control, and what you cannot control and focus on what you can control. You have choices and rights. Sometimes this is about finding out more information so you can choose from the widest possible options. Empowerment can be reframing your current situation in a way that gives you a voice and power. Doing an assertive communication course may help with your empowerment.   Also consider what underdeveloped strengths we would like to develop more during this time. Also see the strengths we are currently using and notice the strengths in other people. Empowerment can relate to your internal dialogue. Talk to yourself like someone you love. Reframe your self criticisms into self compassion. You and your workplace may want to purchase a set of strength cards or search for other strength-based approach resources. 

The below is not  in the CHIME list but also an important part of the recovery model

SUPPORT   This means a network of support for yourself and for others. 

 Support Services

Being Peer Support Mental Health Line

National Debt Helpline   1800 007 007

Relationships Australia   1300 364 277

Beyond Blue COVID-19 Mental Health Supports



NEW! Online Mental Health First Aid Course

Component one
Self-directed learning 5-7 hours

Component two
Two x 2.5 live video conferencing sessions

Course Dates 

Online Mental Health First Aid Courses
1 pm to 3.30 pm

Monday 21 and 28 September, 2020                                 

Monday 19 and 26 October, 2020                       

Monday 23 and 30 November, 2020                      

Monday  11  and 18 of January, 2021                   

Instructor: Christine Elliott



Face-to-face Mental Health First Aid Courses
9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Thursday and Friday 22nd and 23rd of October, 2020       

Thursday and Friday 21st and 22nd of January, 2021                

Instructor: Fiona Price


Online Refresher Mental Health First Aid Course

Friday 4 and 11 of December, 2020    1 pm to 3.30 pm      

Instructor: Fiona Price


Thank you for reading the Mental Wellness Newsletter!

Remember to do lots of self-care and get help if you need it.

It is absolutely vital that whilst we are going through this pandemic
that you prioritise self care and getting help.

Useful numbers and supports:
NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
Lifeline. 13 11 14
Beyond Blue Line 1300 22 3646
Blue Knot Foundation  1300 657 380
Suicide Call back service 1300 659 467
The Gender Centre 9569 2366
Q Life 1800 184 527
Transcultural Mental Health
Emergency Services 000

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