Grants aid in de­liv­ery of men­tal health pro­gram

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Youth on Fire WA con­tin­ues to re­ceive sup­port, with an­other grant to help the ini­tia­tive de­liver its men­tal health pro­gram to more chil­dren across Rock­ing­ham.

This week, YoF re­ceived a $10,000 Com­mon­wealth Bank Cen­te­nary Grant and, ear­lier in the year, re­ceived a slice of $10,000 from the Cedar Woods Neigh­bour­hood Grants Pro­gram.

YoF was launched last year af­ter the sui­cide of a Bal­divis teenager sent shock­waves through the com­mu­nity and the ini­tia­tive aims to en­cour­age youth to im­prove men­tal health through fit­ness.

The ini­tia­tive sees young peo­ple at risk of sui­cide taken into an eight-week health and fit­ness pro­gram where they can ac­cess coun­selling sup­port, reg­u­lar gym classes and con­fi­dence-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Co-or­di­na­tor Rhys Peak­man said the pro­gram had been suc­cess­ful and thanks to th­ese grants the pro­gram would be rolled out to more stu­dents next school term.

“We want to build a cul­ture, help kids build re­silience and get kids men­tor­ing other kids,” he said.

Mr Peak­man said the grants would as­sist in gyms and trans­port costs, uni­forms and spon­sor­ship. “There are some fam­i­lies out there less for­tu­nate than oth­ers, so we’re hop­ing to spon­sor some kids to help get them into a sport­ing pro­gram they like,” he said. If you or some­one you know is think­ing about sui­cide phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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