Mental Health Forum 2015

Youth mental health forum in Albury Wodonga

Youth Mental Health Forum in Albury Wodonga

Now in its fourth year a Youth Mental Health Forum held in Albury Wodonga proved again to be a great success.

The forum aims to address the stigma associated with mental health, improve access for young people to apppropriate services and to promote a better understanding of mental health issues and wellbeing in the community.

Student representatives from Years 9, 10 and 11 from secondary school across Albury Wodonga and surrounding areas were invited to come along and improve their understanding of mental health issues affecting young people and the impact it has not just on the person, but also on families, friends and carers.

Over 148 young people from 18 schools across the Albury Wodonga and surrounding districts attended with about 30 school staff. Schools came from rural and remote locations as far away as Balranald.

RAMHP Coordinator Helen Sheather said, "It was a highly successful day with the lead presentations being from MindBlank and Joey Williams".

"The young people also had an opportunity to speak with an expert panel, participate in drumming and share ideas for activities they could take back to their own schools and communties to promote and improve mental health and wellbeing", Ms Sheather said.

If you or someone you may know may be experiencing mental illness phone Lifeline on 131114 or the Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.