Youth Mental Health Forum

Almost 200 students from around the region are meeting today in the College MPC to participate in a Youth Mental Health Forum.

Youth Mental Health Forum

Tuesday 7 June 2022 Almost 200 students from around the region are meeting today in the College MPC to participate in a Youth Mental Health Forum led by Burn Bright in connection with Headspace. Students have the opportunity to hear from speakers from across the region from organisations such as Mission Australia and headspace Wagga and Orange. Mrs Amanda Martinez, Senior Teacher at the College commented that "Today's forum provides students with a a positive way to promote wellbeing in our young people and the broader community - with strategies to improve mental health and reduce stigma." “The students were very keen to express their thanks for today's forum which has helped them to extend their support networks & connect with other youth in their community - to know they aren’t alone. It was a special & impactful day for our students." Thank you to presenters: Dr Nick Kowalenko, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Murrumbidgee Local Health District; Aaron Johnston, Psychologist and School Counsellor, Department of Education; Winona Gray Levett, Lived Experience Speaker, headspace Orange Youth Reference Group, headspace Youth National Reference Group; Matthew McComber, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, headspace Wagga Wagga. Thank you also to all the the local services for making the forum possible: * Burn Bright * headspace * Department of Education NSW Government * Department of Health NSW Government * Karralika * Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga * City of Wagga Wagga * Mission Australia