Here at Leo Cussen we are thrilled to have partnered with legalsuper to deliver Mental Health First Aid Training free of charge to our 2020 Practical Legal Training graduates. From 2021, accredited Mental Health First Aid Training will be available to every student completing the Leo Cussen Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Mental Health First Aid Australia describes mental health first aid as:
the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves
Mental Health First Aid Australia’s training programs now include an accredited program of Mental Health First Aid for the Legal Profession, which is a thoroughly evaluated, evidence informed, skills development course designed to address the particular mental health challenges faced by those working in the legal industry.
In light of the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, and in particular the very long period of lockdown experienced in Victoria, Leo Cussen recognises the importance of responding meaningfully to the emerging mental health challenge arising from the pandemic.
Leo Cussen is privileged to have our own in house Mental Health First Aid trainer, Claire Humble, Lawyer and Mentor, who is accredited to deliver training in Mental Health First Aid for the Legal Profession.
With the generous support of legalsuper in sponsoring the online component of the course, Claire is currently delivering the face-to-face training component to our 2020 graduates.
We are pleased to have already facilitated over 100 new lawyers to become accredited Mental Health First Aiders. We know they will serve the profession well, both in the legal skills they bring from their Leo Cussen Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and in their ability to support colleagues, clients and friends who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.