You can view more photos from the Minding Our Mental Health Forum here.
Over the last decade, Youth Week in NSW has worked closely with other Government agencies to raise issues of importance to young people and provide information and support to address these issues.
This year, Youth Week in NSW partnered with the NSW Mental Health Commission to look at the challenges that young people face in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their friends and family. The NSW Youth Advisory Council and the NSW Mental Health Commission co-hosted the ‘Minding Our Mental Health’ forum at Parliament House on Tuesday 1 April.
The then Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Kevin Humphries opened the forum and the Hon Victor Dominello, Minister Citizenship and Communities and the Minister responsible for youth affairs issues launched Youth Week 2014. John Feneley, the NSW Mental Health Commissioner, also attended the forum and participated in the report-back at the end of the day.
The Minding Our Mental Health Forum program can be viewed here.
The forum was an opportunity for young people to network with a range of policy makers and service providers, and to participate in activities, discussions and workshops that built their knowledge, skills and confidence to support the mental health and wellbeing of their family and friends.
The NSW Mental Health Commission also launched Make A Mates Day at the Minding Our Mental Health Forum.
“We spend a lot of time with our friends and as a result they are usually the first to notice any change in behaviour. The Makeamatesday.com.au website is a simple way for young people to support their peers who may be struggling with mental illness and still connect and have fun,” Mr Feneley said.
Click here to find out more about the mental health groups involved in Youth Week NSW 2014 who are here to support you.