Year 8 students from secondary schools across the Macedon Ranges will celebrate the successful completion of the 2019 Live4Life program at Braemar College on Wednesday 9 October.
Live4Life, now in its 9th year, is a unique rural youth mental health initiative that provides education and leadership opportunities for Year 8, 9 and 10 students at secondary schools based in the Macedon Ranges.
This year’s celebrations will include the announcement of more than $1,000 worth of prizes for the winners of the annual Live4Life competition, which aims to promote positive mental health in young people by asking entrants to capture why ‘Even Heroes Make Mistakes’.
Some of the highlights from Live4Life 2019 include:
- engaging over 570 Year 8 students from 5 schools in mental health education
- promoting positive mental health through the 2019 theme “Even Heroes Make Mistakes”
- engaging 19 young people as the Live4Life Crew
- delivering teen Mental Health First Aid to 420 Year 11 students
- training more than 100 parents, teachers and other adults in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Part of this year’s celebration will be the launch of KIT (Keep in Touch). This is the renamed Youth Our Critical Asset (YoCA), an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Loddon Mallee Regional Assembly held in Kyneton last year. $400,000 was allocated to increase awareness among young people on youth mental health and support services for their local area. Mobile resources in the form of a van and app were designed to meet some of this need. The project stretches across the Loddon Campaspe region.