Having a Conversation About Mental Health

On 12 March 2019, Youth Focus will be visiting Year 9 students with their workshop called "Having a Conversation about Mental Health".  This program will involve a one hour workshop for students which aims to increase the mental health literacy of students, help them to identify difficulties and develop their awareness and confidence to start a conversation with others about mental health. Mount Lawley SHS and Youth Focus have had a long-standing partnership since 2014 and continue to work together to provide the student community with mental health support.

The program also involves a 1.5 hour parents and guardians workshop.  This workshop increases awareness around common mental health issues young people face and aims to help parents, friends, teachers and people in the community understand more about good mental health and mental illness and assist them to have the conversation and find appropriate help.  It also provides participants with the confidence to seek help if they are struggling with mental health. The program's effectiveness is improved by the whole community being involved, hence participation in the parent/guardian session is strongly encouraged.

Mount Lawley SHS plans to offer this sometime in Term 1 2019, so please watch this space!