BUDDI trains regional youth in mental first aid

A $2000 grant from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation has enabled a group of 20 youth workers from Tweed Heads to Grafton to attend a free two-day youth mental health first aid course in Byron Bay.

Hosted by Byron Underage Drinking and Drug Imitative (BUDDI), the course was held last week and was part of Drug Action Week.

BUDDI was awarded a $2000 ‘Connecting Community’ grant from the foundation to fund the course.

The group who attended the course included youth service providers, youth support workers, council youth workers, Juvenile Justice convenors, TAFE teachers, a high school welfare deputy head teacher and others.

Participants were taught the signs, symptoms, causes and evidence-based treatments (both self-help and professional) for common youth mental health problems of depression; anxiety disorders; psychosis; personality, substance use and eating disorders; and non-suicide prevention.

As part of the course the group also received crisis training in suicide prevention, panic attack, acute stress reaction, acute psychosis and overdose.

Director of the Mindright Institute and BUDDI team leader Nicqui Yazdi said the training had also provided the group with the skills to assist in early intervention and in ongoing community support to confidently care for and connect young people with the mental health services and facilities available.

“This is the best group I have taught yet,” Nicqui said.

For more information on BUDDI or the Mental Health First Aid program contact Nicqui on 0402013177 or email

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