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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]

Young men with mental health concerns need their mates!

One of Western’s Australia’s leading mental health service providers for 12 to 25 year olds, is appealing to the community to Mind Your Mates, especially young men. Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said the organisation was successful in assisting young men with their mental health issues but taking the first step towards self-help was often […]... [READ MORE HERE]

In Focus: Youth Reference Group member, Georgia Anderson

We recently asked Georgia about her involvement with the Youth Reference Group, and loved her responses so much that we just had to share. Why did you become involved in the Youth Reference Group? I became involved in the Youth Focus Youth Reference Group because I have a passion for mental health and want to be […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Hawaiian Ride for Youth raises a record $2.4 million

The record-breaking 2017 Hawaiian Ride for Youth has broken yet another record with $2,486,637 being raised to date. The total surpasses last year’s $2.356 million and is likely to rise higher as further donations are received. The Ride, which has become known as one of Western Australia’s premier charity events, raises awareness and funds for […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth mental health – superheroes have bad days too!

Young people are being encouraged to talk about mental health and wellbeing at a special Perth festival during National Youth Week (March 31 to April 9). Superhero YOUth will be held at the very cool Urban Orchard space in the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, April 2. Special highlights include […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Help shape brighter futures for young people with mental illness

Hundreds of young Western Australians with mental health issues will require extra intervention in early 2017, Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf said today. “The start of the academic year or a return to work often elevates stress levels in young people who confront issues including bullying, loneliness and peer pressure,” she said. “And this can […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Music Making Peer Support Day

The October Peer Support Day was a day of music making as seven young people pushed their comfort zones and made music with one another. By writing a song together, the group explored some of their similar challenges, values, and joys. Later, the group enjoyed playing a variety of percussion instruments in groups and pairs […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Increasingly complex problems for youth with mental health issues

Young Western Australians with mental health issues are presenting with more complex problems, according to the Youth Focus Progress Report for 2015-16. About 35 per cent of young people who were referred to Youth Focus during the year presented with moderate to severe mental health concerns representing an increase of five per cent from the […]... [READ MORE HERE]

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