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MEDIA RELEASE - Call out for Live4Life facilitators

20 April 2018

Youth based mental health initiative Live4Life Glenelg is seeking expressions of interest for facilitators to deliver both the Teen (TMHFA) and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training, particularly in the Casterton area.

In just 12 months the community driven initiative has grown beyond its predicted capacity and additional volunteers are required to help provide mental health education programs to local secondary school students.

Current Casterton facilitator Georgina Sweeney encouraged other local community members to take on the rewarding role.
“As a Mental Health First Aid instructor you help to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health and play a vital role in the village that raises our young people,” she said.

“In particular, one of the benefits of becoming an instructor is learning the skills and knowledge to assist colleagues, clients, friends and young people when they are experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

“We all know, or have heard of, someone that has had to deal with mental health issues; therefore it is such a valuable resource for our communities and families.

“If you are looking for an opportunity to promote mental wellness and a happier, healthier community, here is your chance to make a difference.”

Live4Life is an evidence-based, community driven response to youth mental illness. 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.

Community members who are interested in undertaking the nationally accredited Teen and Youth MHFA Instructors course and becoming a Live4Life facilitator are advised to contact Cathryn Walder, youth development officer, at the Glenelg Shire Council on 5522 2137 or Rebecca Morecroft, project manager at Youth Live4Life Inc. on 0417 501 749.

An expression of interest application process will apply. Facilitators may be required to deliver training during school hours, weeknights and weekends.


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