On the 9th of March, various year 10s and 11s students attended the ‘Youth Mental Health Summit 2016’. The event was held at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and was organised by the South West Connect.
The purpose of the summit was to assist in removing the negative stigma associated with mental health issues by providing students and teachers with the skills, knowledge and resources to identify and resolve mental health issues.
Students and teachers were split into groups, where each group engaged in impactful workshops, training and panel diffusions. These activities were divided into three sessions and were shared among the groups.
The activities include:
• An interactive role-playing activity, this examined the consequences associated with the bad choices made by Billy; a teenage who moved school and processed the inability to make friends. The actors then asked for suggestions from the audience in an attempt to change the outcomes of Billy’s future.
• Poster making, this activity highlight the various techniques used by students when under stress. Students were required to write a strategy on a poster and present it to the other students and organisers. The posters were then used to decorate the walls of the powerhouse.
• This activity allowed students to explore the powerhouse and look through the art exhibition. Numerous booths were organised by the Liverpool City Council, Fairfield City Council, headspace programme Liverpool, Transcultural Mental Health Centre, National Disability Coordination Officer Programme, Youth off the Streets and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, where information about the voluntary opportunities and incoming events were provided to students.
All in all, the Youth Mental Health Summit was beneficial and informative. It provided much-needed information on how to manage the negative- stigma associated with mental health issues and extended our knowledge of ment
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The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of students ranging from Year 7 to Year 12 whose aim it is to improve the school by voicing the opinions of the student body and to promote school spirit.