Ball inspires students
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.