Mental illness is a growing issue among young people in Australia, affecting one quarter annually and contributing to nearly 50% of the burden of disease in young people.
Aligned to the evidence-based Act-Belong-Commit campaign, ‘Youth Connectors’ is a peer-based mental health initiative that builds resilience, educates and develops mentally healthy behaviours in young people and the people who surround them.
About Connectors Young individuals between the age of 16 to 25 will be recruited to attend a fun and interactive two- hour workshop in their local town that will upskill them to become a Youth Connector.
As well as benefiting their own mental health, the volunteer ‘Connectors’ will be a local source of information on community activities and will encourage others to engage in activities that build resilience. The goal is to empower young people to assist others to take-up mentally healthy activities to improve mental wellbeing and overall quality of life.
Workshop Breakdown • Interactive ice breakers, • Facts about youth mental health and why it is important to be mentally healthy • What is means to Act-Belong-Commit and our resources, • The role of a Connector • Conduct some role plays to practice being a connector and the different situations that may arise with their peers • We also explain the services available that young people can access if they need more mental health support, such as Headspace or their local GP.