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MEDIA RELEASE - Live4Life heads into 2019 with record numbers

6 March 2019

Youth based mental health initiative Live4Life Glenelg will head into 2019 with unprecedented interest, welcoming a record number of crew members to continue on the initiative’s award winning success.

Live4Life Glenelg, which is heading into its third year, has officially inducted 45 crew members from across the shire, the highest number of members seen since the initiative has been running. The 2019 crew, which is made up of year 9 and year 10 students, also includes three young leaders from the Reengagement Centre, a program first.

Youth development officer and Live4Life Glenelg facilitator Cathryn Walder said it had been an “overwhelming” response.

“The spotlight is well and truly on Live4Life Glenelg following two years of enormous success and the record number of crew nominations we received only confirms this,” she said.

“It is just fantastic to see so many young people taking on the opportunity to participate in Live4Life and help break down the negative stigma attached to mental health.

“In a changing of the guard, nine crew members who have been with Live4Life Glenelg since it was first launched in 2017 have graduated, passing on the torch to a number of new crew members.

“The new look crew will help to carry on the efforts and achievements of the previous members and seek to increase the mental health knowledge of their peers and community members through events, activities and support.

“This year’s theme is ‘No rain, no rainbow’ and I am looking forward to seeing what the crew achieves this year, especially given we have the largest cohort ever seen locally.”

The Live4Life model focuses on a whole of community approach to mental health education and suicide prevention in order to build resilient young people and communities.

Since its implementation in the Glenelg Shire more than 600 young people and 100 adults have received mental health first aid training.

In 2018 Youth Live4Life together with the Live4Life communities of Macedon Ranges Shire, Glenelg Shire and Benalla Rural City received the highest honour at a state level for health promotion, receiving the 2018 VicHealth Award for the ‘Improving mental wellbeing’ category.

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