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Youth volunteers needed Monday 17th July

The Black Dog Institute is seeking volunteers to participate in a youth mental health program on Monday July 17th, 2017.

The LifeSpan project is getting ready to deliver a school based mental health program in NSW schools. The program is called Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) and our team of instructors need 10 – 20  young people to help practice some of the program.

What is YAM:

YAM is a universal evidence-based mental health program for young people delivered by accredited instructors. YAM uses role play and lectures to promote increased discussion and knowledge about mental health as well as developing emotional intelligence and problem-solving skills. YAM has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, suicide attempts, and severe suicidal ideation and facilitates healthy lifestyle choices among young people. It works by improving mental health literacy and explicitly teaching the skills necessary for coping with adverse life events and stress, so that young people get help before reaching crisis point. More information can be found here: www.y-a-m.org

Volunteers needed:

Who: young people aged 16 – 18

Date: Monday 17th July 2017 (last day of school holidays)

Time: either 9am – 12pm or 1.30 – 3.30pm (or both times if you are keen)

Where: Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Randwick, Sydney

What: In small groups of 5 or 6, participants will be asked to listen to a short presentation and participate in a role plays and problem solving about common stressful situations for young people (e.g. exams, breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend, bullying on social media etc). Refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest, please contact the YAM project manager,  Lyndal.Halliday@blackdog.org.au