MEN­TAL HEALTH IN SPOT­LIGHT

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Denise S. Cahill

Amy Coombe will ad­dress stu­dents and par­ents at a stu­dents’ fo­rum and sem­i­nar for par­ents at PCEC on Thurs­day.

AMY Coombe prac­tices what she preaches.

The in­spi­ra­tional speaker and 2014 Men­tal Health Week WA am­bas­sador says a neg­a­tive mind “can draw you in and play tricks on you but we need to be stronger than it”.

The mother of two was 14 years old when she de­vel­oped an eat­ing dis­or­der that she fought for four years and led to men­tal health is­sues.

She only came off anti-de­pres­sant med­i­ca­tion when she was 23.

“Peo­ple think there’s one so­lu­tion but from my ex­pe­ri­ence it’s lit­tle things you can do daily and they are the things that re­ally help,” she said.

Mrs Coombe is one of four key­note speak­ers at zero2hero’s In Your Head - A Youth Men­tal Health Fo­rum and Parental Guid­ance Rec­om­mended - A Par­ent­ing Sem­i­nar on Thurs­day at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

For­mer Fre­man­tle Dock­ers cap­tain Matthew Pavlich, Dr Arne Ru­bin­stein and Hap­pi­ness Sci­en­tist An­nika Rose are also part of the ini­tia­tive.

Mrs Coombe said she would talk to stu­dents about the chal­lenges they would face whether they had men­tal health is­sues or not.

For tick­ets to the day­time fo­rum for stu­dents or par­ents evening ses­sion, visit www.zero2 hero.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d473132

Men­tal Health Week WA am­bas­sador Amy Coombe (far right) with stu­dents Jack Mau­rice, Davis Burke, Olivia Tra­hair, Ge­or­gia Barry, and Felix King.

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