State Govt to fund GP Down South mental health awareness programs in Peel region

State Govt to fund GP Down South mental health awareness programs in Peel region

THE STATE Government will fund almost $400,000 over three years to improve mental health awareness and recovery for young people in the Peel region.

Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said the GP Down South mental health awareness programs would deliver positive mental health and wellbeing outcomes for young people in Mandurah.

“With one in four Australians aged 16 to 24 experiencing a mental illness, we must work with, and support, our young people so they can go on to live healthy and productive lives, as they shape the future of WA.”

About 500 Year 10 students from the Peel region turned out at Mandurah Baptist College yesterday to hear a real-life story of how mental health can affect even the most unsuspecting of individuals.

Former Fremantle Dockers player Heath Black shared his journey of mental health and recovery to the packed auditorium of secondary students, as part of GP Down South’s 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program.

The State Government will provide $133,000 per year for three years to GP Down South to bring a mental health ambassador, workshops and individual counselling sessions to Year 10 secondary school students in Peel.

The program aims to increase awareness of mental health issues and opportunities for recovery, increase knowledge of coping strategies for specific mental health issues and improve access to appropriate, individual support to improve mental health and wellbeing.

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