Live4Life Glenelg launches into 2023

Published on 18 May 2023

Live4Life23 launch

Students from across the Glenelg Shire have come together to recognise youth mental health as part of the Live4Life initiative.

Live4Life Glenelg crews from Casterton Secondary College, Bayview College, Heywood and District Secondary College and Portland Secondary College came together last week to officially launch Live4Life for 2023.

The event, which included crew led speeches and activities promoting positive mental health, marked the beginning of the seventh year of the mental health initiative for young people in the Glenelg Shire.

Glenelg Shire Youth Development Officer Jesse Beavis said the event helped to introduce the ‘crew’ to the wider community.

“It was fantastic to bring together all of the year 8 students from across the Shire, and our Live4Life crew which included our new year 9 members for our combined launch at the Portland Civic Hall,” she said.

“Thanks to our launch today, students will be aware of who their crew representatives are at their respective school. Throughout the year crew members will champion positive mental health promotion and organise events as part of their roles as Youth Mental Health Ambassadors.

“Year 8 students will also undertake Youth Mental Health First Aid training at their respective schools as part of the Live4Life initiative, ensuring our future generations are equipped and well-informed about their mental health.

“We anticipate that 2023 will continue to be another successful year for Live4Life in the Glenelg Shire, with another year of an enthusiastic and passionate crew.”

Live4Life is an award-winning mental health education and youth suicide prevention model designed specifically for rural and regional communities.

Live4Life communities deliver Teen and accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid training in schools and the wider community, create local partnerships to lead conversations about mental health that reduce stigma, and promote young leaders as mental health ambassadors.

Since its implementation in the Glenelg Shire in 2017 more than 233 young people have participated as crew members and more than 1,900 young people and 305 adults have received mental health training.

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