Benalla to pilot Live4Life Youth Suicide Prevention Program
The Council is inviting young people, particularly those in Year 9 and Year 10 in 2017, to join its Live4Life Benalla Youth Crew.
The Live4Life Benalla Youth Crew will be part of a community-based pilot program designed to entice young people’s participation. It is aimed at improving mental health literacy and preventing youth suicide.
Benalla Rural City Council is one of two rural communities selected to pilot the Live4Life program in partnership with Youth Live4Life Inc. The program is funded by ‘The Myer Foundation’.
Youth Live4Life Inc. is a registered health promotion charity that was formed to broaden the reach of the Macedon Ranges Live4Life program. Live4Life is a rural mental health promotion program targeting people in year 8 and 11 as well as teachers, parents and community members across the municipality.
Mayor, Cr Don Firth said having the best possible systems and support structures to address youth mental health and suicide has to be a priority for our community.
"Having skills and knowledge in the community that help young people recognize the state of their own mental health and that of those around them will build resilience and better support structures.
"The aim is to make our community more resilient and to make our young people feel more supported and confident about when and how to get help."
Partners in the Live4Life program include the schools, NE Tracks LLEN, Tomorrow Today Foundation, Vic Police, Benalla Health and Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, NESAY, NECAMHS and community members.
The Live4Life Benalla Partnership Group recruited five local community members in late 2016 to be trained as Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid instructors to assist in delivering the program at Benalla P-12, FCJ College and the Benalla Flexible Learning Centre.
The program encourages youth participation to help deliver the program messages.
We are seeking young people from years 9 and 10 to form our first Live4Life Crew. Throughout 2017 the Crew will help Live4Life Benalla run two events for all year 8 students, including a competition with great prizes for winning entries. Young people who are passionate about helping our community learn more about youth mental health are encouraged to apply.
For further information about the Live4Life program or to receive an application for the Live4Life Benalla Youth Crew, please contact the Council on 5760 2600.