Boost to mental health support for youth
MENTAL health and the services available to students was put in the spotlight last week as a program was launched for Year 10s.
The 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program, a collaboration between GP down south and the Blackwood Youth Action, is a three-part program that focuses on awareness, prevention and intervention.
The third tier was launched at Manjimup Senior High School for Year 10 students from around the region last Wednesday.
GP down south South West regional manager Graham Hope said the program was a community-driven response to a “very serious” issue in rural communities.
“As a group, such as a school and community agency, we’re coming together to address mental health issues before they become serious,” he said.
The awareness portion of the program involves a talk from the program ambassador, Amy Coombe, prevention involves workshops for small groups of students to increase knowledge and coping strategies and intervention is about facilitating one-on-one counselling for students.
Blackwood Youth Action chairwoman Dr Sarah Youngson said the program was a great way to break down barriers about mental health.
“De-stigmatising mental illness and providing information regarding how to keep mentally well is very important,” she said.
Manjimup Senior High School principal Kerry Mather, GP down south South West regional manager Graham Hope, speaker Amy Coombe and Blackwood Youth chairwoman Dr Sarah Youngson want to help students learn about mental health and services available to them.