Geelong’s Youth Council has used its June meeting to shine a light on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region.
Junior members came together via video link for the monthly meeting on Monday 1 June.
Together they observed a minute of silence to acknowledge the recent losses of local teenagers to suicide, and to recognise young people who are facing significant challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
At the start of the year, Youth Council made mental health and wellbeing a priority area for 2020.
This week the group reiterated the importance of providing a youth voice to discussions in this area, and explored support options available to young people during a guest presentation from youth mental health service headspace.
The junior members discussed the importance of caring for themselves, looking out for others and reaching out for help when they need it.
They also recognised the work of the City’s Youth Development Unit in leading mental health first aid courses for 3300 young people, parents, caregivers and teachers across Greater Geelong since 2019, as part of the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan.
Youth Council flagged mental health and wellbeing would be a key focus of its second report, which will be delivered to Council on Tuesday 9 June.
The June meeting also included:
- a guest presentation from Barwon Community Legal Service about the development of a new legal support program for people aged 12-24.
- plans for upcoming mentoring sessions with City of Greater Geelong councillors.
Youth Council will meet next on Monday 13 July.
Geelong Junior Mayor - Farzana Hussaini
As elected representatives of our peers, it’s important to us to continue driving change in the mental health and wellbeing space.
When Youth Council made mental health and wellbeing a priority area for 2020, we had our friends and family members in mind.
We are united in wanting to make a meaningful difference.