Taking part in Mentally Healthy Day at Meekatharra District High School

Published on Friday, 7 August 2020 at 2:32:54 PM

Mental health is a serious issue and can cause significant damage to a person’s life and wellbeing. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, suicide is the leading cause of death for Indigenous children.

The importance of mental health education in schools is critical. To help raise the awareness of mental health, our Deadly Cru team travelled to Meekatharra last week to provide mental health training and workshops at Meekatharra District High School.

Around sixty students participated in a variety of workshops, one being the Deadly Cru Alcohol and Other Drugs educational session.

The focus of the workshops is to provide information on how drug and alcohol can affect your body and mind by triggering mental illness symptoms.

In order to improve mental health in young people, Deadly Cru Youth Engagement Officer Danielle Sutton said that we must find a way to engage and effectively communicate key messages around mental health.

“Through fun and interactive workshops, we aim to provide support and education to youth groups in order to reduce the prevalence of mental health issues in children.” said Danielle.

The younger students learnt about the safety around medication, including how to use medication appropriately, who they should trust to take medication from and not to take medication prescribed for someone else.

The workshops that the older students took part in focused on substance abuse and learning about the harmful effects of cannabis, methamphetamine and alcohol.

If you are experiencing mental health issues and need someone to talk to, please call GRAMS on (08) 9956 6555 and press option 2 for help.

Taking part in Mentally Healthy Day

Taking part in Mentally Healthy Day

Taking part in Mentally Healthy Day

Mental health workshops at Meekatharra District High School

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