Youth Focus up for prestigious award

Jenny Allen, CEO of Youth Focus, which has helped more than 1500 young people in WA this year alone.
Jenny Allen, CEO of Youth Focus, which has helped more than 1500 young people in WA this year alone.

One of three finalists in the Child and Youth Mental Health category, it has been recognised for the work it does with young people between 12 and 25 to prevent youth suicide and significantly reduce the impact of depression, anxiety and self-harming behaviour.

Chief executive Jenny Allen said the group had provided free and intensive counselling support to more than 1500 young people in WA this year.

‘We aim to put a stop to youth suicide and improve the quality of life and wellbeing of young people in WA,’ she said.

‘Our counselling services are based on an early intervention model to engage and work with young people before the onset of acute mental health issues.

‘Our counsellors support young people to build their resilience and aid their development of coping mechanisms to overcome mental health issues in the long term.’

The awards will be announced during Mental Health Week at the University Club of WA on October 8 with winners in each of the 11 categories receiving $1000.