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Mental Health Awareness & the Older person: A series dealing with Depression

Program Short Description

Learn about the signs & symptoms of depression and gain a greater understanding of the risk of onset of depression in older people.

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Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) in partnership with Mental Health & Well-being Training Solutions has developed a series of 1 and/or 1.5 hour non-clinical webinars specifically relating to Mental Health of the older people receiving Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services in their home. The webinars will focus on raising awareness and providing education ad training in understanding a variety of Mental Health conditions being experienced by older people and the impact these conditions may have on care and service delivery in the older person's home.

Participants will be informed about how to support, respond and communicate with clients in distress. There will be opportunity for participants to ask questions and discuss experiences through the Zoom 'chat' function.

 

The following sessions are a series dealing with depression

Depression in Older People - 1hr

Learn about the signs & symptoms of depression and gain a greater understanding of the risk of onset of depression in older people. Gain some insight on what depression may feel like and what an older person may experience living with depression.

 

Communicating & Supporting an Older Person with Depression followed by a Q&A session - 1.5hrs

Older people have the highest rates of stigma about mental illness in the community and as a result many are undiagnosed and unable to communicate their thoughts and feelings. Learn effective communication skills to support older people who may be experiencing depression or other difficult emotions.
The second half of this session is a Q&A session for CHSP workers and volunteers who may be experiencing challenges providing support and service delivery to older people experiencing Depression.

 

Target Group: Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) team leaders/ supervisors/ coordinators, aged care workers and volunteers are encouraged to register