Member for Gembrook Brad Battin today announced that Upper Yarra Community House will receive $2000 from the Victorian Coalition Government to celebrate National Youth Week from 13 to 22 April 2012.
Mr Battin said the funding will assist Upper Yarra Community House in facilitating the It’s Ok to Ask project, which will involve students at the UYCH Community College.“Students will share their views on youth mental health issues through the media of their choice, with the final projects to be screened to the local community,” Mr Battin said.“It is important that communities talk about youth mental health issues and make sure everyone knows the signs and knows when to ask for help.”
The National Youth Week grants are a joint partnership between the Victorian Coalition Government, the Federal Government and youthbeyondblue.
Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith said ‘Imagine. Create. Inspire.’ is the theme of this year’s National Youth Week.
“I congratulate the young Victorians that have successfully lodged an application for an event with the help of their community and local governments,” Mr Smith said.
“Their creativity and passion for celebrating National Youth Week will no doubt result in a fantastic week of events for young people in Victoria.
“I look forward to seeing what happens when young Victorians ‘Imagine. Create. Inspire.’ during National Youth Week 2012,” Mr Smith said.
Minister for Mental Health Mary Wooldridge said beyondblue’s contribution of $40,000 will be targeted towards events raising awareness amongst young people about depression and anxiety.
“Around 160,000 young people aged 16 to 24 live with depression each year. It’s important through events such as National Youth Week that we provide creative ways to raise awareness of this important health issue,” Ms Wooldridge said.
“There are so many ways to participate in your community you just have to get out there and hold nothing back,” National Youth Week Victorian Young Member Stephanie Raike said.
For more information on National Youth Week 2012 go to www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/nyw/.
For information on depression or anxiety visit www.youthbeyondblue.com or call 1300 224 636.