Training a new generation of mental health advocates
headspace Dubbo, together with batyr, are teaming up to bring the Youth Wellbeing Leadership Forum. Taking place on Tuesday 2 March 2021, the workshop aims to train up to 80 young leaders in grades 9 to 11 to be mental health and wellbeing advocates for their schools and communities.
Amy Mines, headspace Dubbo’s Community Engagement Coordinator says it is important for young people to be speak out mental health, as it destigmatises and removes barriers around accessing support.
“Adolescence is often a time when young people look more to their peers for support in their day to day life. The goal of these workshops is to empower young people to recognise emerging mental health concerns in their peers, and encourage them to access support,” Ms Mines said.
With the assistance of headspace Dubbo and batyr, the young leaders will develop confidence to speak openly about the need for young people to understand mental health as a continuum, and to seek support when they are experiencing mental health difficulties or illness.
“We know the power of youth, and their ability to drive key messages to their peers around help seeking behaviour, and to role model what is needed to maintain a healthy headspace.”
The forum—funded by the Western NSW PHN and Dubbo Regional Council—will also provide attendees with the opportunity to hear positive stories of hope and resilience from young people with lived mental health experience, as well as start working on plans to support an existing wellbeing framework from a peer to peer perspective.
headspace Dubbo will support the leaders throughout the year to execute wellbeing campaigns and to continue to raise awareness about the ongoing need for mental health supports in rural and remote areas.
To express interest in attending the forum, complete the survey via https://bit.ly/337Lpdw.
For more information on headspace Dubbo please visit https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/dubbo/.
headspace Dubbo operates lead agency Marathon Health, and is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.