Dear Parents, Teachers and Community,
Our school could be the recipient of a significant program that will support Mental Health Education for all students in Years 7 and 10 in 2020. Teen Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program developed in Australia to teach teenagers how to recognise a Mental Illness or crisis situation in a friend, and to assist their friend to get support from an adult.
Around one in seven teenagers in Australia experience a Mental Illness in any given year. Many do not seek out help because of poor understanding about Mental Illness and where to get help. There is a lot of stigma, and this is another barrier to help seeking.
The NSW My Community Grants program provides opportunity for any person over the age of 16 to vote to decide allocation of funds to projects in our community. Voting is now open until 15th August 2019.
To learn more and to vote click on this link: https://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au/project?projectId=cjy157utq1fw60799jn4yl6p2
You need to be a resident in the Ballina State Government Area, be over 16 and have your Medicare Card handy to vote.
If every teacher and parent in our school supports this project then there is a good chance of success. Voting just takes a few minutes, we hope you can support this project.