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Benalla Live4Life

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla Live4Life is a mental health education and youth suicide initiative.

The program is designed to increase mental health knowledge in the community.

Live4Life builds community resilience by providing youth mental health first aid training to parents, teachers and others who work with young people – and more than 50 adults have already been trained.

The program is promoted by an active Live4Life Crew, comprised of young people who raise awareness through activities and events.

As well as youth mental health first aid training for adults, the program has also trained more than 160 students in teen mental health first aid.

It was developed in response to research indicating young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers.

Benalla mayor Don Firth said it was critical to have the best available systems and support structures to address youth mental health issues and suicide.

“A whole of community approach is the only way to engage and support young people,” Cr Firth said.

Live4Life Benalla was launched in 2017 and its partners include Benalla P-12, FCJ College, Benalla Flexible learning Centre, Victoria Police, Central Hume Primary Care Partnership, Murray Primary Health Network, Benalla Health, Youth Live4Life Inc., NE Tracks Local Learning Employment Network, NESAY, NECAMHS, Tomorrow Today Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services and Benalla Rural City Council.

If you are interested in joining the Live4Life Crew or in participating in a youth mental health first aid course, contact council on (03) 5760 2600 or visit www.benalla.vic.gov.au.