Fo­cus on help­ing oth­ers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

YOUTH Fo­cus is giv­ing women the tools to help loved ones through a Ladies Net­work that re­cently met for the sec­ond time.

About 60 women aged from 20 to 70 met at Fraser’s res­tau­rant this month and learned about men­tal first aid from a Youth Fo­cus psy­chol­o­gist.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Jenny Allen said the or­gan­i­sa­tion recog­nised the im­por­tant role women played in their fam­i­lies, with young peo­ple and their friends.

“It’s about ed­u­cat­ing, cre­at­ing aware­ness and giv­ing them the skill sets to help their fam­ily and friends and re­duce the stigma,” Ms Allen said.

“We’re al­ways look­ing for ways to en­gage mean­ing­fully with our sup­port­ers and the broader com­mu­nity to share ed­u­ca­tion and pos­i­tive mes­sages about how we can help our young peo­ple.

“The Ladies Net­work is a place for women to con­nect with each other and build new re­la­tion­ships while also learn­ing more about how Youth Fo­cus is help­ing stop youth sui­cide.”

City Beach res­i­dent Anne Richards, who lost her brother to sui­cide, chairs the group.

The next Ladies Net­work event will be in a cou­ple of months. Visit www.youth­fo­

Denise Cheir and Jenny Allen at the re­cent Youth Fo­cus Ladies Net­work event

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