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EMERALD COMMUNITY HOUSE TO LOOK, LISTEN, TALK, SEEK DURING NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK

Member for Gembrook Brad Battin today announced that Emerald Community House will receive funding from the Victorian Coalition Government to celebrate National Youth Week from 13 to 22 April 2012.
Emerald Community House will receive $2000 to support the Look, Listen, Talk, Seek gig at Emerald FunFest.
Emerald Community House will receive $2000 to support the Look, Listen, Talk, Seek gig at Emerald FunFest.
“FunFest is on Sunday 22 April and is the final day of the PAVE (Performing and Visual Arts in Emerald) Festival,” Mt Battin said.
“This outdoor gig will showcase local talent and give youth a platform to perform for their community.
“The event will also raise awareness about depression and anxiety among young people, and promote youthbeyondblue’s message to Look for signs of depression, Listen to friend’s experiences, Talk about what is going on and Seek help together
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.

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