South Perth: mental health is key during National Youth Week


Darci Miller with Year 10 students Liam Edwards, Brendon Corby and Luke Tuhakaraina. Picture: Marie Nirme           d466629
Darci Miller with Year 10 students Liam Edwards, Brendon Corby and Luke Tuhakaraina. Picture: Marie Nirme         d466629

WHEN young people enjoy activities around South Perth as part of National Youth Week (NYW), Darci Miller is pushing the importance of mental health.

The Como resident and NYW ambassador is encouraging young people to attend the events to improve their mental health.

As a health promotions officer at Mentally Healthy WA, Ms Miller is no stranger to encouraging men-tal health.

“My boss flicked the application to me and I thought I’d put my hat in the ring,” she said.

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“I’ve been chairing the planning committee, which has been fun, and we’ve been organising events since October.”

Ms Miller said she believed the week was important because it gave young people a chance to enjoy activities, socialise and meet new people.

“Hopefully they can add some new skills, find something they love and join groups and clubs,” she said.

“I think young people get a rap for partying but there are only a small percentage who do that and I think we should celebrate achievements of young people.”

Ms Miller said she had been involved with organisations which promote sexual health and had studied preventative health at the University of Notre Dame.

“I’ve seen all sorts of health issues through friends and I understand how important they are to young people,” she said.

“I ran a project called Youth Connectors, which aimed to teach young people how to be healthy and I’ve encouraged others to be connectors.”

South Perth events
March 31: Hunt for the Wilderpeople movie at Neil McDougall Park from 6.30pm.
April 1: Manning Mayhem Skateboarding Competition at Manning Skate Park from 1pm.
April 2: Sunday Sounds at Manning Skate Park from 2pm.
April 4: Drone workshop at South Perth Community Hall from 5pm.
April 5: Barista workshop at Sprolo Café from 5pm.