Last weekend in Cobargo, 11 Scout leaders from Cobargo and Merimbula Scout groups undertook training in mental health first aid with particular emphasis on youth.
The two-day program was delivered by two trained Scouts leaders from the South Coast and Tablelands region, Paul Hamer and Anthony Pritchard, who have now trained more than 200 Scout leaders across NSW.
The course aims to give Scout leaders the skills to assist youth members until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis is resolved.
Stuart Meyers, group leader of 1st Cobargo Scout Group said it was intensive and at times confronting, but worthwhile.
"The presenters are very committed to assisting young people experiencing mental health problems. Some misconceptions were challenged and our leaders are now much better placed to be able to assist a youth member in crisis and also to help members with ongoing conditions participate fully in Scouting," Mr Meyers said.