Minding our Mental Health Youth Forum

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Mental health issues will affect 1 in 5 Australians during their lifetime.

Some people experience occasional ‘downs’ in their lives especially as they experience personal challenges such as changing schools or jobs, or relationship break-downs. Other people can be affected due to disruptive life situations such as homelessness, violence and substance abuse. While other people can be affected on a long-term level due to a mental illness.

Learning to identify your feelings and finding ways to cope with feeling down is a really important life skill to learn; and is often something that is missed in our community. On a more significant level working out when you can cope with your feelings and when you need help can be an even greater challenge. And then when you know you need help; working out who you can turn to for assistance and what help is available can be too daunting and scary especially when you are feeling low and isolated.

As a result The Rotary Club of St Kilda is holding a Minding our Mental Health Community Forum focused on youth issues on the 26th August at St Kilda Town Hall.

The aim of the community forum is to
• Improve awareness about mental illness;
• Introduce preventative measures;
• Increase health and wellbeing in our community;
• Introduce local organisations that can help out when you need it;

Main speakers at this event will include –

Youth Campaigner and founder of the 20th Man Fund, Les Twentyman;
PhD fellow and world renown researcher into the impact of diet on mental health, Dr Felice Jacka and Professor and Chair of the Strategic Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research at Deakin University, Professor John Toumbourou. (Prof. Toumbourou is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Centre for Adolescent Health.)

A number of local organisations that provide support services will be exhibiting at this event including Ardoch, Australian Rotary Health, Open Family/White Lion, St Kilda Gatehouse, and St Kilda Youth Services.

This is an ideal opportunity to come along to hear and talk to people and organisations who provide information and support services around the issue of youth mental health and effective coping mechanisms.

The event is FREE to all members of our community and is provided by the support of Australian Rotary Health (Australia’s largest non-government funding body for mental health), the Rotary Club of St Kilda and the City of Port Phillip.

Event Information:
Minding our Mental Health Youth Forum
6pm, Tuesday 26th August 2014.
St Kilda Town Hall
Cnr Carlisle Street & Nepean Highway, St Kilda

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP for seating & catering purposes either via email info@stkildarotary.org.au or online at www.stkildarotary.org.au

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