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Peel community forums on youth mental health

Youth Focus will host three mental health forums across the Peel region in February in an effort to help parents, carers, teachers and community members better support young people. Sponsored by Alcoa of Australia, the interactive forums will teach participants how to identify the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety, ways to start a […]... [READ MORE HERE]

New website to help as students return to school

One of Western Australia’s leading youth mental health providers has launched its new website to help young people better connect with vital support and counselling services. Youth Focus Chief Executive Officer Fiona Kalaf said the website, which launches today as thousands of Western Australian students return to school, would deliver valuable resources for young people […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Perth Fringe show to donate funds to Youth Focus

A West Perth actor, playwright and musician has pledged to donate half the profits of her Perth Fringe World show, Audiotherapy, to Youth Focus to help provide more counselling and mental health support for young people. Sun-Mi Clyburn, 28, who has lived with chronic depression for most of her adult life, said she was acutely […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Community urged to support youth suicide appeal

A Dawesville mother whose 14-year-old son took his own life has embraced an emotive new appeal to raise funds and awareness about the devastating impact of youth suicide. Speaking just days before the second anniversary of Terry Scott’s death, Danielle Edwards said she had been compelled to share her deeply personal experience of losing her […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus launches new branding to better connect

Youth Focus has unveiled its dynamic, approachable new identity in a bid to better engage and connect with young people, amid statistics that show suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Western Australia. The brand launch comes as Youth Focus thanked the important contributions of its supporters who help turn the […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus pays tribute to its supporters

Youth Focus has thanked the important contributions of its many supporters who help turn the tide on youth suicide, announcing the winners of the 2017 Make A Difference Awards on Wednesday night. Eight awards were presented to worthy recipients from all walks of life at a special presentation ceremony at Fraser’s, Kings Park. The annual […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Youth Focus praises “yes” vote on same-sex marriage

Youth Focus has welcomed today’s overwhelming “YES” vote for marriage equality in Australia, saying the result will play a role in reducing the risk of suicide in the community. The Australian Bureau of Statistics released results of the national postal survey on same-sex marriage this morning at 7am (WDST), revealing that 61.6% of clear responses […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Mental health as important as physical wellbeing

Strengthening mental health literacy and continuing frank, open conversations is the key to supporting communities, a Youth Focus Mental Health Week breakfast heard this morning. Mental Health and Health Minister Roger Cook told the gathering at Fraser’s Restaurant, Kings Park, that Mental Health Week provided an opportunity to continue open conversations about mental health among […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Suicide statistics a “call to action”

New statistics have revealed a drop in the number of suicide-related deaths across Australia, but Youth Focus says more investment and awareness is needed to save young lives. The Australian Bureau of Statistics report, Causes of Death data 2016, released this morning, shows that 2866 people died from intentional self-harm in Australia, compared to 3027 […]... [READ MORE HERE]

Learn more about mental health advocate and Youth Reference Group member, Lily

1. Why did you become involved in the Youth Reference Group? I was forwarded an email regarding the Youth Reference Group at a time when I was recuperating from the mental stress of year 12. It was something I not only wanted to do to contribute in helping young people cope with difficult times, but […]... [READ MORE HERE]

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