Adolescent mental health, Discharge from hospital, Refresher course
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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 communicating with adolescents:

All MHFA guidelines:
Discharge Planning Meeting

A discharge planning meeting takes place before a person is discharged from 
hospital. It is a meeting with hospital staff and the person being discharged. The person being discharged may want to invite friends, family or another support person or professional.

It looks at what you are going to do after you leave hospital. 

What supports are in place? 
Have you prepared to go home?

Sometimes people who live alone will take a day trip home to check that everything is in order before they get discharged. 

When I worked in community mental health I encouraged clients that if
there was any sign of discharge make sure they request a discharge planning meeting.

I would ask them who they wanted at that meeting and let them know they can invite
people and they have a right to one.

I would ask them if they want me to attend the meeting. If they wanted me to attend I would regularly remind nurses to invited me to the discharge planning meeting. 

One day I was rung and told that a client was getting discharged in half an hour. 
I asked "When was the discharge planning meeting?". They said there wasn't one.
So I said "Let me know when the meeting is because the client wants me to attend". 
The hospital rescheduled discharge until after this meeting had occurred. 

What are MHFA
Refresher Courses?

Refresher courses are 4 hour face-to-face courses that allow people who have previously completed a 12-hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

2019 Mental Health First Aid Course Dates 
Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th of October 
Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th of October
Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th of November
Thursday and Friday 5th and 6th of December
Thanks for reading my newsletter.
Remember to do lots of self-care and get help if you need it.

Warm regards,

0403 513 808

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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 Newsletter Edition September, 2019

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