King makes stand for men­tal health

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

Mike King is com­ing to town and this time he’s do­ing stand up for men­tal health.

Pop­u­lar co­me­dian Mike King is best known to­day for his com­mit­ment to help Ki­wis talk and seek help for men­tal ill­ness.

On the back of his ‘I am Hope’ tour, Mike King is com­ing to Katikati Col­lege to share his story and speak openly about the prob­lems fac­ing to­day’s youth.

As part of the four week tour ear­lier in the year, King and sev­eral oth­ers trav­elled na­tion­wide by mo­tor scooter to pro­mote men­tal health aware­ness. In to­tal, the tour vis­ited around 45 schools and ad­dressed 20,000 peo­ple.

The same I am Hope mes­sage will be de­liv­ered at the Katikati Col­lege Hall this Tues­day, June 5 be­tween 6pm-8pm.

King will cover a range of is­sues in­clud­ing bul­ly­ing, peer pres­sure, drugs and al­co­hol, sex abuse, di­vorce, sex­u­al­ity and dis­con­nec­tion at home and in school in a free com­mu­nity ko¯rero.

King aims to re­in­force to young peo­ple the mes­sage that it’s “OK not to be OK”. He says the theme of the pre­sen­ta­tion is it’s okay to ask for help and for adults to lis­ten.

Mike King’s stand up for men­tal health is for youth, par­ents, pro­fes­sion­als, friends and wha¯nau and op­por­tu­ni­ties will be pro­vided for an in-depth Q&A.

The free two hour event is so­lu­tion driven and packed full of use­ful in­for­ma­tion and tools that Katikati res­i­dents, friends and wha¯nau can use to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

MIKE King and seven oth­ers rode Suzuki 50cc bikes from Cape Reinga to Bluff, to raise aware­ness about youth suicide is­sues.

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