Live4Life program | Southern Grampians Youth Program
The Southern Grampians youth Live4Life program has recently taken a giant leap forward, with 14 educators and youth workers from across local organisations taking part in Youth Mental Health First Aid training.
The program, which launched just prior to the arrival of the pandemic, has seen some Covid-19 related delays, but the timing of the training with the return to school-based learning has been critically important.
“Students have spent more time at home than they have in the school environment this year, so a lot of the worries facing young people have been happening in private”, said Southern Grampians Youth Live4Life Project Officer Kerri Pleydell-Sander. “With students back in the classroom, we have more of an opportunity to check in with them to get a better understanding of what supports they might need.”
The Live4Life initiative involves schools, local government, community and health organisations coming together to ensure young people, teachers, parents and community members receive the appropriate mental health education. The training provides information and advice about how to support young people who may be developing a mental health problem, be living with a mental health condition, or in a crisis situation.
A pre-pandemic survey of Australian child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing showed that almost 1 in 7 children and adolescents aged 4-17 were assessed as experiencing a mental health disorder in the previous 12 months. This year, Kids Helpline recorded a 24 per cent increase in calls between March and August, compared with the same period in 2019.