2018 Mental Health Youth Forum

2018 Mental Health Youth Forum

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

Date: Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Time: 8:45am - 3:00pm (Registration from 8:30am)

Location: Level 3, MUSE, 18 Wally's Walk (formerly Building C7A), Macquarie University (see M16 on MAP)

Register: before 28 February by completing the e-form below 

There is limited seating so please register soon to avoid disappointment.

Did you know that 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 10 of your students to take part in this important event. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about mental health and resilience and to provide young people with the opportunity to have their voices heard and plan for the future. The focus for the 2018 forum is on de-stigmitising mental illness, identifying the signs of body image issues and finding help. There will also be a session for staff that provides information on how to support students back in the school environment.

Running for a 7th year, the successful format and engaging facilitators has seen participation from local schools continue to grow. In 2017, 17 schools attended including: Asquith Boys, Asquith Girls, Barrenjoey High, Roseville College, Cherrybrook Technology, Killara High, Ku-ring-gai High, Killarney Heights, Normanhurst Boys, Pennant Hills High, Northholm Grammar, Loreto Normanhurst, Turramurra High, Ryde Secondary College, St Leos Catholic College, Marsden High and Masada. In 2018 we are hoping to see you and your students too!

Highlights of the day include:

  • A lived experience story from a local young person 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, we will be running up to 2 x professional development sessions

Getting to the event

Transportation to/from Macquarie University

Due to ongoing construction around campus, details about where school buses should drop off is to be advised closer to the date.

Additional maps of campus and surrounding area

Risk assessment and evacuation map

Risk assessment PDF, 402.66 KB

Evacuation map PDF, 209.41 KB

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 and headspace Chatswood.

The HKYN works in partnership with the Office of Matt Kean MP.

In 2018, 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

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