A local library will tackle the important issue of youth mental health and well-being, with an open and interactive free information evening. This event will be for teenagers, their parents and carers.
Casey Cardinia Libraries will host Mental Health 101: Stress and Anxiety. Based on the Mental Health 101 parent guide produced by Melbourne media identity Eileen Berry.
The event, held on 28 March, will discuss mental health and related issues such as drugs, sex and social media.
She says mental health is a huge concern for young people, with suicide the leading cause of death among Australians aged 15-44 (source: ABS).
“Parents and carers want to know how they can help their kids become resilient, minimise mental health issues and deal with them when they do arise,” Eileen says. “We want to encourage important conversations between adults and kids that can help achieve this.”
Chris Buckingham is the chief executive officer of Casey Cardinia Libraries. He says public libraries play a vital role in supporting community well-being. He says stress and anxiety are a big challenge for our community and impact on the happiness and well-being of many.
“We all face certain levels of stress in our lives, young people are particularly at risk because they may not have had the chance to develop strategies to manage stress.”
Chris says the Mental Health 101 resource provides an evidence-based approach to addressing unhealthy levels of stress and anxiety. The evening at Bunjil Place Studio plans to harness that.
“We want people from right across our community to attend”
“Mental health and well-being are everyone’s business. CCL is committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment, where people can learn about ways to address stress and anxiety. A problem shared is a problem halved.”
In short, Parent Guides help parents and carers to educate themselves about youth issues such as drugs, sex, social media and mental health. They contain up-to-date research and expert advice in a ‘no holds barred’ way. Tackling the difficult issues parents worry about. www.parentguides.com.au
Mental Health 101: Stress and Anxiety
DATE: Thursday, 28 March 2019
TIME: 7.00 – 8.30 pm
VENUE: Bunjil Place Studio
TICKETS: FREE; Bookings essential https://www.bunjilplace.com.au/mental-health-101-stress-and-anxiety
For more details contact Eileen Berry: Ph: 0407 542 655 / [email protected]