Mental health issues on the Gold Coast


The past week has been a distressing time to be reading the news here on the Gold Coast with the incidents of two mothers dying in separate incidents allegedly from the hands of their partner. One of the men in custody has been reported to be assessed for mental health issues and unfortunately these are turning out to be all too common occurrences.

Mental health is a growing concern among the medical profession with reports of increased number across all areas of mental health including anxiety, depression and drug-related issues. Being able to identify mental health illnesses is imperative as a community enabling us to proactive in addressing these illnesses and preventing possible harm to themselves or others.

At First Aid Accident and Emergency we are passionate about preventing rather than reacting when it comes to mental health and because of this, we have introduced a new course to our First Aid program.

The Mental Health First Aid course has been designed for people who are wanting to further understand the symptoms and signs of possible mental health issues and offer basic support and treatment until the patient is able to receive professional medical assistance.  The course is open to any adult who wants to extend their knowledge on mental health illness and better equip themselves if incidents do occur.

We welcome anyone who wants to work towards a better community in understanding mental health and these include:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Human Resource officers
  • Business owners
  • Students
  • Medical professionals (such as nurses and aged care workers)
  • Friends or family of someone who is suffering mental illness

In order to combat this rising problem among our community and protecting future generations, the best thing we can all have is knowledge and understanding.

If you would like more information on our Mental Health First Aid Course (MHFA), please contact our head office. If you or a family member are experiencing mental health issues, please contact Lifeline.