2017 Mental Health Youth Forum

4 April 2017

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Campus Hub building (C10A), Level 3 function rooms, Macquarie University

30%* of young Australians will experience an episode of mental illness before age 25. It’s a startling statistic and one we hope to reduce. As a school community, you can make a difference.

We invite you and 20 of your students from grades 10, 11 and 12 to take part in the 2017 Mental Health Youth Forum to be held on Tuesday, 4 April 2017. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the important themes of mental health and resilience and to provide young people with the opportunity to have their voices heard and plan for the future.

Over a 6 year period, the successful format and engaging facilitators at the Mental Health Forum has attracted participation from schools across the region. In 2016, 14 schools attended including; Asquith Boys, Asquith Girls, Cheltenham Girls, Cherrybrook Technology, Epping Boys, Hornsby Girls, Ku-ring-gai, Normanhurst Boys, Pacific Hills Christian, Pennant Hills, St Leos Catholic College, Masada College and Pymble Ladies College. In 2017 we are hoping to see you and your students too!

Highlights of the day include:

  • Local young person shares their lived experience with a mental health issue
  • Q&A panel giving students an opportunity to ask questions related to mental health
  • Take It Back project for students and school staff to ensure the messages delivered throughout the day are actioned within the school community
  • Entertaining activities throughout the day
  • And especially for teachers – in 2017 – we will be running 2 x professional development sessions

Register to attend.

Brought to you by Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Youth Network and Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health

About the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Youth Network (HKYN): The HKYN is made up of youth and community agencies that work with and provide services to young people in the Hornsby and/or Ku-ring-gai local government areas. Participating agencies include: KYDS, Ku-ring-gai Council, Hornsby Shire Council, Office of Matt Kean MP, Mission Australia, Ability Links, Rotary Club of Wahroonga, Ability Options, Taldumande, Streetwork, Primary Health Network Northern Sydney, Sydney North Health Network.

The Mental Health Forum is delivered in partnership with the Office Matt Kean MP.

In 2017, Macquarie University Centre for Emotional Health is proud to be a co-host with the HKYN. We welcome participants to our campus and look forward to sharing with you our expertise in the area of mental health.

*Source: Australian Rotary Health

Photo: Carl Drury

Photo: Carl Drury

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Event contact

Barb Corapi