More than 130 Year 8 Benalla students are ready to fight mental health and youth suicide with the official launch of the Benalla Live4Life program.
On 26 March, at the Drill Hall Community Activity Centre, the Live4Life education and prevention program led by the Council will be in full swing, with all Year 8 and 11 Benalla students to complete a training course in Teen Mental Health First Aid.
All Year 8 and Year 11 students, teachers and parents will learn vital skills and training in identifying when young people may need mental health support and how to refer it.
The Benalla Live4Life project is being led by a group of Year 9 and 10 students from FCJ College and Benalla P-12 known as the Benalla Live4Life Youth Crew.
Mayor, Cr Don Firth said this program is critically important in adding layers of protection for young people in relation to their mental health.
“The strength of the Live4Life program is in the community working with schools and committing to building resilience and capacity in our young people.”
- Cr Firth said.
“This program, which is being led by young people, gives me great hope for the future resilience and safety of our young people.”
The Live4Life program was piloted in Benalla in 2017 and has proved the evidence-based program works and is vitally important.
Outside of the formal training, the Live4Life program also provides creative ways for young people to talk about mental health and to reduce the stigma associated with it.
Parents of young people, or adults who work closely with young people, are encouraged to attend a free Youth Mental Health First Aid in April 2018.
Any young person currently in Year 9 or 10 is able to join the Benalla Live4Life Youth Crew.