Youth Focus aims to prevent suicide

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, CSBP Fertilisers general manager Charlie Perkins and Youth Focus chief executive Jenny Allen are working in collaboration to put a stop to youth suicide.

With suicide accounting for the most deaths among young people in Australia, the general manager of a school-based mental health program believes early intervention is essential to put a stop to the damning statistic.

Warren Mahoney, whose company Youth Focus will deliver the School Mental Health Awareness program at three local schools next year, made the comments at the program launch at Rockingham Arts Centre last Friday.

Safety Bay Senior High School is one of the schools involved.

SBSH principal Alen Kursar said it was so much more than a program.

Mr Kursar said mental health impacted everyone in one way or another and it was a big problem.

Youth Focus chief executive Jenny Allen said the mandatory two-hour workshop with school communities focused on depression and anxiety.

Ms Allen said Year 9 was the hardest year and the program was specifically targeted to give students the confidence to seek help and destigmatise mental health.

Youth Focus partnered with CSBP Fertilisers and became proud supporters more than five years ago.

CSBP general manager Charlie Perkins said their partnership meant young people aged 12 to 25 had access to free counselling and built upon much-needed support networks. Youth Focus hopes to deliver the program at three schools and connect with more than 1000 students.

If you or someone you know needs help contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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