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Mental Health, Depression, Suicide and Substance Abuse

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 15 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

$179 for members,

$82 for student members

$309 for non-members.

Organiser: AASW

This course focuses on key topics in mental health, neuro-chemistry, depression, suicide and substance abuse. This course was developed with the support of the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream Two funding through the National Rural Health Alliance. The course was highly rated by our test participants, and provides both a solid introduction to the topics and advanced knowledge. It also serves as a foundation for further study.

Learning objectives

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Prevalence of Mental Illness
  • Brain Structure and brain lobes
  • Neurochemistry
  • Synaptic Activity
  • Neurochemistry ​
  • Neuroplasticity
  • ​Overall impacts mental health has on physical health ​
  • Neurochemical imbalances in respect to depression
  • Diagnosing Depression
  • Symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment options for Depression​
  • ASIST Training
  • How to respond to suicide ideation
  • How to assess suicide risk
  • What are Substance Related Disorders and their various classifications
  • Comorbidity

Presenter details

Bryan Jeffrey runs MOAT:Mental Health Services, delivering training to practitioners and carers. He is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and has held senior clinical positions in child, adolescent and adult mental health services in Scotland and Australia.

CPD for Credentials

This course can be claimed under Mental Health and Clinical for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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This is a SWOT course, originally developed through some special funding on offer by the Rural Health Continuing Education Stream. Funding allowed this course to continue to be on offer to all, after the intial pilot project was completed in 2013-2014.


$179 for members,

$82 for student members or

$309 for non-members.


Please select the register now button on the left hand side. You will receive email confirmation which will provide you with details as to how to access this course on SWOT.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers