Upper SE Mental Health Forum coming

A GROUP of Independent Learning Centre students are embracing the challenge of organising a big Mental Health Forum to be held next month.

Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre students who are working on the Mental Health Forum (from left): Kayla Roach, Maddy Page-Hannaford, Molly Dinham, Jessie "Tiny" Anderson, Keira Evans, Chelsea O'Connor and Alex Williamson. Most wore pyjamas last Friday as a fundraiser for the students who are going on a trip to Cambodia.

Naracoorte Independent Learning Centre students who are working on the Mental Health Forum (from left): Kayla Roach, Maddy Page-Hannaford, Molly Dinham, Jessie "Tiny" Anderson, Keira Evans, Chelsea O'Connor and Alex Williamson. Most wore pyjamas last Friday as a fundraiser for the students who are going on a trip to Cambodia.

It will be the first of its kind in Naracoorte and open to all people in the Upper SE as an opportunity to get support, gain knowledge and ask questions on mental health and well-being.

Under the direction of teachers Lisa Riley and Jo Menz, each student has been given a different task to focus on - from organising the catering to the mailing lists.

They are working on it for all of semester one and are excited to see it come into fruition.

The forum will be at the Naracoorte Town Hall on June 18.

All day there will be various stalls and sites set up inside representing a variety of organisations and businesses related to mental health and wellbeing.

The public is invited to wander around and be empowered by knowing what services and resources are available in the region.

School students from Lucindale, Bordertown, Keith and Naracoorte are also attending after filling out surveys which ultimately revealed the need for an event such as this.

Afterwards they will complete another to see if the forum has shifted their views in any way.

Then in the evening parents, teachers and the general public are invited to attend a free information session from 7pm.

Clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller will be the guest speaker.

He has been described as someone who "puts the heart back into psychology" and works with many schools and communities in Australia and overseas.

Mr Fuller has established programs for the promotion of mental health in schools - substance abuse prevention, the reduction of violence and bullying, suicide prevention and assisting homeless young people.

The Mental Health Forum has been made possible thanks to a State Government grant of $10,000 delivered in partnership with the Limestone Coast Innovative Community Action Network.

More than 400 young people and their families are expected to attend.

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