Ball in­spires stu­dents

Benalla Ensign - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

The 2017 Young Aus­tralian of the Year for Vic­to­ria Ja­son Ball re­cently spoke to 130 Year 8 Benalla stu­dents about be­ing proud of who they are.

He was speak­ing at the Benalla Live4Life pro­gram cel­e­bra­tion held on Oc­to­ber 17.

The Live4Life 2018 cel­e­bra­tion marked a year of achieve­ment for the Live4Life Crew, a group of Year 9 and Year 10 vol­un­teers who have driven the pro­gram through­out the year.

As part of the Live4Life pro­gram, Year 8 and Year 11 stu­dents, teach­ers and par­ents were trained in iden­ti­fy­ing when young peo­ple may need men­tal health sup­port.

This is the sec­ond year pro­gram has run in Benalla.

Live4Life is a men­tal health the ed­u­ca­tion and youth sui­cide preven­tion pro­gram led by Benalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil.

It is de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with FCJ Col­lege Benalla, Benalla P-12 Col­lege, Benalla Flex­i­ble Learn­ing Cen­tre, Vic­to­ria Po­lice, North East Tracks LLEN, Benalla Health, To­mor­row To­day Foun­da­tion, North East Sup­port and Ac­tion for Youth Inc, North East Child and Ado­les­cent Men­tal Health Ser­vice, Cen­tral Hume Pri­mary Care Part­ner­ship and Youth Live4Life Inc.

Act­ing Mayor Peter Davis said the suc­cess of the pro­gram was in­spir­ing and a cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

‘‘Through­out 2018, Year 8 stu­dents across Benalla P-12 Col­lege, FCJ Col­lege and the Flex­i­ble Learn­ing Cen­tre were trained in Men­tal Health Davis said.

‘‘This is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.

‘‘The First Live4Life Aid,’’ Cr pro­gram was also the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Ru­ral Youth Awards from the Youth Af­fairs Coun­cil Vic­to­ria, so it’s been a hugely suc­cess­ful year for the pro­gram.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram, phone Benalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil on (03) 5760 2600. Crew ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able at www.live4life.org.au/benalla

Be who you are: Mem­bers of the Benalla Live4Life Crew with 2017 Young Aus­tralian of the Year Vic­to­ria, Ja­son Ball.

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