New mental health and wellbeing centre

February 19, 2021

genU Training students will build their skills while giving back to the local community at a new mental health and wellbeing centre in country Victoria.

The Bettermentall Together Health and Wellbeing Hub opened its doors in Trafalgar earlier this month, and will host placements for genU Training Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) students.

Owners Kerry and Jason Rantall started their service three years ago as a Facebook group, and now offer mental health first aid training, lived experience workshops, one-on-one mentoring, online support groups and links to professional mental health services. Kerry has completed CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs with genU Training and is currently studying CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health.

genU Training Mental Health/AOD Trainer Kylie Goulding said the initiative provided much-needed mental health services.

“There’s been a need for these services over the last couple of years, and this really fills a gap in the local area particularly with suicide awareness which is something that can be neglected,” Kylie said.

“We’re all about having those conversation that need to happen and providing a safe space for people to go.”

Kylie said students would improve their skills through hands-on experience at the new Hub.

“We’ll have genU Training students doing volunteer placements with Kerry, and that gives them an opportunity to not only develop their skills but to also support local people on their mental health journey,” she said.

“It’s a real community collaboration and something we’re very proud of.”

Bettermentall Together has also established community links with homelessness charity Christmas on the Streets and MindfullAus.

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