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MEDIA RELEASE - Young people awarded for creative approach to health promotion

13 November 2018

Year 8 students from across the Glenelg Shire have used their artistic flair to share in $1,000 worth of prizes and promote the importance of positive mental health following the announcement of the 2018 Live4Life Glenelg art competition winners.

11 students received a competition award at the 2018 Live4Life Glenelg celebration event this morning for their creative responses to the 2018 Live4Life theme: ‘Perfectly, Imperfect’.

The competition is run annually by the Live4Life Glenelg crew to help promote a positive approach to mental health awareness to year eight students in the shire, with this year’s awards sponsored by the Port of Portland.

Glenelg Shire councillor Chrissy Hawker said she was impressed with both the calibre and volume of entries, with more than 30 submissions entered.

“This year’s entrants provided a unique insight into what ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ means to them, exploring individual differences, past experiences and personal values and beliefs, the responses were fantastic,” she commented.

“The variety of the winning entries was also a real credit to the students, with submissions utilising a whole range of mediums such as drawings, photography and poems.

“I thank all the students who took the time and effort to submit an entry and I congratulate all of the competition winners, they should be very proud of what they have created.”

Along with the announcement of the competition winners, the Live4Life Glenelg celebration event saw Live4Life crew members, participating schools, partnership organisations and supporters came together to recognise the achievements of the youth initiative from the past year in raising awareness and improving the community’s mental wellbeing.

Since the implementation of the initiative in 2017 more than 600 secondary schools aged students, equating to 50% of the current school population, and 100 school teachers, parents and community members have been trained in Mental Health First Aid.

In the past twelve months the initiative has also earned state-wide recognition, receiving the Youth Affairs Council Victoria Rural Youth Award for innovative rural or regional youth projects and announced as a finalist in the upcoming 2018 VicHealth Awards in the Improving mental wellbeing category.

For further information on Live4Life please visit the website at www.live4life.org.au/glenelgshire.


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