Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Mental health as important as physical wellbeing

Strengthening mental health literacy and continuing frank, open conversations is the key to supporting communities, a Youth Focus Mental Health Week breakfast heard this morning. Mental Health and Health Minister Roger Cook told the gathering at Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, that Mental Health Week provided an opportunity to continue open conversations about mental health among […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Suicide statistics a “call to action”

New statistics have revealed a drop in the number of suicide-related deaths across Australia, but Youth Focus says more investment and awareness is needed to save young lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics report, Causes of Death data 2016, released this morning, shows that 2866 people died from intentional self-harm in Australia, compared to 3027 […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Learn more about mental health advocate and Youth Reference Group member, Lily

1. Why did you become involved in the Youth Reference Group? I was forwarded an email regarding the Youth Reference Group at a time when I was recuperating from the mental stress of year 12. It was something I not only wanted to do to contribute in helping young people cope with difficult times, but […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Seeking young Ellenbrook men for mental health workshop

Young men aged 18 to 25 who live in Ellenbrook have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding suicide and mental health at a workshop on Saturday, September 9. Each participant will be given a $100 voucher to attend the Young Men’s Project workshop which will be held from 10am at the Coolamon Oval Pavilion, […]... [READ MORE HERE]

On the Blog: Stigma and Isolation in Rural Communities

An opinion piece written by Tye Gerrard, member of the Youth Focus Youth Reference Group Spending the majority of my formative years growing up in rural Queensland, I had first hand exposure to the hardships experienced in these communities. In particular, periods of drought as well as low socioeconomic circumstance affecting many families. To this extent, […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Peer Support attends Cirque du Soleil!

Earlier this year, 14 Youth Focus clients were fortunate enough to attend the latest Cirque du Soleil show, Kooza! After getting to know each other during dinner, the group travelled to Belmont Race Course where they were impressed by the big top, incredible acrobatics, clowning, and artistic performances that adorned the stage. There were many […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Mr David Gray appointed as Chair of the Board of Youth Focus

Mr David Gray has been appointed Chair of the Board of Youth Focus. Mr Gray, partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, who has been a Board Director since 2008, replaces Mr Peter Harold who stepped down from the Board on June 30. Mr Harold, who is the Managing Director of Panoramic Resources Limited, was a Youth […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Under the spotlight: Youth Reference Group member, Clancy

Learn more about Clancy, and why she loves being a part of the Youth Focus Youth Reference Group (YRG). 1. Why did you become involved in the Youth Focus Group? I became involved in the YRG because I increasingly saw young people around me being affected by mental illness. I wanted to play a part in […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Managing mental wellbeing in a technology-driven world

For young people, behaviours and risks in the online world appear to be mirrored offline. While new technologies are offering new platforms for adolescents to interact with each other, online behaviours can often be predicted by offline behaviours and characteristics. This means that the effects of technology on adolescent development differ between individuals. For example, […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Alcoa of Australia continues to support young people in the Peel region

Alcoa of Australia is a premier partner of Youth Focus. Since 2011, Alcoa of Australia has enabled Youth Focus to care for hundreds of young people through schools and outreach centres in the Peel region. Youth Focus and Alcoa of Australia recently entered into a two-year partnership to support the provision of face-to-face counselling for young people in the Peel […]... [READ MORE HERE]

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