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MEDIA RELEASE - Live4Life returns for 2018 following pilot success

21 March 2018

Youth based mental health initiative Live4Life has returned to the Glenelg Shire for 2018 following a highly successful program launch last year.

In just 12 months the initiative has seen more than 33 per cent of all enrolled secondary school students from right across the shire having received teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, well and truly exceeding the program’s expectations.

Glenelg Shire Youth Development Officer Cathryn Walder anticipated that Live4Life would continue to be just as successful in 2018, with more than 30 crew members committed to this year’s program.

“We are pleased to welcome our 2018 Live4Life Glenelg crew which is made up of 33 young adults from all corners of the Glenelg Shire,” she said.

“The initiative, which was developed to help increase the mental health knowledge of local youth and connected community members, has been incredibly well received over the past 12 months and this is largely thanks to the support of the community.

“Throughout 2017 we trained nearly 400 students from year 8 and year 10/11 in teen MHFA and 65 adults also undertook this vital training, we really achieved a great deal in a short amount of time.

“As we welcome even more crew numbers in 2018, I can’t wait to see what further milestones we reach this year.”

Live4Life is an evidence-based, community driven response to youth mental illness and is rolled out in the Glenelg Shire, Macedon Ranges and Benalla regions with the support of Youth Live4Life Inc.

The program aims to increase the capacity for communities to support, improve and invest in their young people’s mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma around mental illness.

The Glenelg Live4Life initiative is delivered in partnership with the local education providers and secondary schools, and five local community agencies.

For further information on Live4Life please visit: http://www.live4life.org.au/glenelg-shire/.


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