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MEDIA RELEASE - Live4Life inducts newest crew members

2 March 2020

Students from across the Glenelg Shire have been inducted as the next wave of youth mental health leaders following the official welcome event for Live4Life.

Live4Life Glenelg inducted 45 new and ongoing crew members, made up of year 9 and year 10 students from across the shire, to continue on the initiative’s award winning success in the south west region.

The induction day, held during a full day session at the Portland Civic Hall, provided crew members with a hands-on insight into the year ahead, with team building exercises, planning activities and an overview of the role of Live4Life and crew members.

Youth Live4Life community engagement coordinator Cathryn Walder said this year’s induction was a little different, with new Live4Life community Southern Grampians joining the induction day.

“In 2020 we are in a special position where we are able to bring both the Glenelg and Southern Grampians crew members together. This is the first year the initiative will be rolled out in the Southern Grampians area, so it’s fantastic to have both communities working together towards a common goal,” she said.

“In total 60 young people attended the session which focusses on preparing the crew members for the year ahead.

“The role of the crew is to assist in the delivery of events and drive key Live4Life messages at their school and in their community. It is evident that young people want to hear from other young people about mental health, which is why the crew is so vital to the initiative’s success.

“Throughout the year crew members will gain valuable knowledge and skills to help them feel more confident in their role as Youth Mental Health Ambassadors. They will champion positive mental health promotion, as well as building their own public speaking and communication skills.

“We are excited to soon introduce our new crews to the community, with a launch event planned for the near future.”

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 in 2017 more than 140 young people have participated as crew members and more than 1,100 community members have received mental health training.


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