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The Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest, youth-specific community service organisation. Operating since 1998 as Victoria’s flagship Youth AOD service, YSAS now employs over 350 skilled staff across 19 sites in metropolitan and regional Victoria. While the prime focus of YSAS remains on effective Youth AOD Treatment and sector leadership, the organisation also has extensive experience in providing young people and families with services that support improved mental health and improve meaningful community participation.

Level 3/33 Lincoln Square South
Carlton VIC 3053
Ph: 03 9415 8881
Em: reception@ysas.org.au
web: ysas.org.au
Mar 10
10/03/22 Youth AOD 7 Half-day Mental Health and Young People
clock Duration: Half-day
location Delivery Mode: Online

Understanding and responding effectively to young people with mental health issues has been made more difficult with the advent of COVID-19. This workshop will consider how practitioners can develop and adapt their skills to respond to increased levels of anxiety and concerns about the future. Common mental health challenges will be discussed, along with guidance for assessing and responding to self-injury and suicidality.

clock Timetable:
location Details:

9:30am – 1:00pm

  • Training Type: Non-accredited
  • Topic: Mental Health, Suicide
  • Priority Population: Youth
  • Age Group: Adolescent, Youth
  • Location: 


About this training:

IMPORTANT: registrations for training will become live approximately two months prior to start of training. To enrol in this or any training, you must click the link below and fill in the registration. If you do not complete the registration, you will not have a place in the training. If you experience a broken link, please get in touch with us at elevate@vaada.org.au


Learning outcomes:

Mental Health Issues

  • Common mental health issues with young people attending AOD services
  • Youth AOD services responsibilities and management of mental health issues
  • Useful concepts and strategies to promote better mental health with young people
  • Primary health essentials as a platform for stable mental health


  • Assessment of vulnerability to self-injury
  • What to do when confronted with a person in the process of self-harming.
  • After self-injury, then what?
  • The role of safety planning


  • Important concepts in suicidality
  • Discussing suicidal urges with young people
  • Timeliness for responses and utilising community resources

COVID-19 and Mental Health

  • Tips to assist discussions with young people who are concerned about responses to the pandemic
  • Strategies to reduce anxiety and restore a sense of safety


Provider: YSAS

Eligibility Criteria

This training is open to Youth AOD workers. You can only attend this training if your current role is funded by the Victorian State Government.

This training has been funded for workers employed in a Victorian State-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service, including those who are new to the AOD sector or recently employed under the COVID-19 Workforce Initiative and Peer workers.

Who is not eligible?

Students on placement or internships, workers from other community sectors such as Family Violence, Homelessness and Mental Health and AOD workers outside of Victoria.

Please ensure you have clearance to attend from your line manager. If you are unable to attend, even if you find out the day before, please cancel your registration and make your spot available to someone else on the waiting list.