Friends Charlie Cooper, 23 and Sarah Strachan, 26, have had first-hand experience with mental health challenges. Now the pair have combined their own experience with professional training to teach others how to administer mental health first aid during emergencies.
The headspace youth advocates have started a Mental Health First Aid tour that over the next year will take them across Australia to train over 1,000 young people. Charlie Cooper said on average one in four young people will experience a mental health issue in the coming 12 months.
“In many cases that person won’t know how to seek help. If the situation escalates, being properly equipped with the right mental health skills can save someone’s life,” he said.
Sara Strachan said the training was crucial to teach young people how to help friends, family, or members of the public.
“The training has the potential to save lives, it means we will have young people across the country with the skills and knowledge to be aware of the warning signs,” she said.