Boost to men­tal health sup­port for youth

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

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.

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