Embracing youth mental health education

Article image - Embracing youth mental health education Mayor Mustica with volunteer Live4Life leaders.

Moira Shire Council, Victoria, has joined with all secondary schools in the Shire, Uniting Vic Tas, local community groups, and health services to implement the award winning youth mental health and suicide prevention model, Live4Life.

Live4Life is a community
-grown, evidence-based rural youth mental health model to prevent youth suicide.

Mayor, Libro Mustica said the Live4Life model aimed to ensure young people, teachers, parents, and the wider community were better informed about mental health and able to be proactive in identifying the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health issue before a crisis occurs.

“Live4Life Moira 2021 will include the delivery of teen mental health first aid at all local secondary schools as well as youth mental health first aid delivered to teachers, parents, and the wider community.

“In addition, a crew of young people will work with Council and other partner organisations to implement a number of mental health promotion activities throughout 2020.”

The Mayor said the implementation of Live4Life Moira 2021 was a collaborative approach and would be supported by a school and community partnership group with representation from Uniting Vic Tas, Berry Street, Department of Education and Training, and SalvoCare.

“We have had such a great response from our young people who want to join this program.

“With last year’s plans and initiatives thrown into chaos due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the perfect time to come together and support each other by collaborating in programs aimed at mental health promotion.

“Young people are the key to this program’s success and it is evident our youth are interested to learn about how to maintain great mental health and what to do when it starts to affect us.”