FCJ College launched its Live4Life youth mental health program with a special event at the showgrounds last week.
The FCJ Live 4 Life crew, made up of Year 10s, arranged the day, which included talks, workshops and activities for the Year 8 students to take part in.
The launch event marked the Live4Life initiative’s fifth year in Benalla.
Which means that more than 1000 community members will have been trained in Teen or Youth Mental Health First Aid since the initiative began.
Mayor Danny Claridge said he was proud of the young people involved.
“The Benalla Live4Life Program is successful because the community has embraced it,’’ Cr Claridge said.
“Young people have played a leading role in driving this initiative.
“We are grateful to the young people over the years who have been involved in shaping how our community understands mental health.”
The Live4Life model aims to improve mental health literacy and increase mental health knowledge.
It empowers young people to act as ambassadors for mental health, raising awareness of mental health issues among their peers and community.
The 2021 launch is supported by the Benalla Live4Life Partnership Group including Benalla Health, FCJ College, Benalla P-12 College, NE Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network, Tomorrow Today, Victoria Police, Benalla Flexible Learning Centre, NESAY, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, North East Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Benalla Community Suicide Prevention Steering Group, Benalla Rural City Council and Youth Live4Life Ltd.