Men­tal health is key

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WHEN young peo­ple en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties around South Perth as part of Na­tional Youth Week (NYW), Darci Miller is push­ing the im­por­tance of men­tal health.

The Como res­i­dent and NYW am­bas­sador is en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to at­tend the events to im­prove their men­tal health.

As a health pro­mo­tions of­fi­cer at Men­tally Healthy WA, Ms Miller is no stranger to en­cour­ag­ing men­tal health.

“My boss flicked the ap­pli­ca­tion to me and I thought I’d put my hat in the ring,” she said.

“I’ve been chair­ing the plan­ning com­mit­tee, which has been fun, and we’ve been or­gan­is­ing events since Oc­to­ber.”

Ms Miller said she be­lieved the week was im­por­tant be­cause it gave young peo­ple a chance to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties, so­cialise and meet new peo­ple.

“Hope­fully they can add some new skills, find some­thing they love and join groups and clubs,” she said.

“I think young peo­ple get a rap for par­ty­ing but there are only a small per­cent­age who do that and I think we should cel­e­brate achieve­ments of young peo­ple.”

Ms Miller said she had been in­volved with or­gan­i­sa­tions which pro­mote sex­ual health and had stud­ied pre­ven­ta­tive health at the Univer­sity of Notre Dame.

“I’ve seen all sorts of health is­sues through friends and I un­der­stand how im­por­tant they are to young peo­ple,” she said. “I ran a project called Youth Con­nec­tors, which aimed to teach young peo­ple how to be healthy and I’ve en­cour­aged oth­ers to be con­nec­tors.”

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