The number of young people reporting probable serious mental illness has risen from 18.7 per cent to 22.8 per cent in the four years to 2016.*
The top three issues of concern are 1) coping with stress, 2) school or study problems, and 3) depression.
MIEACT is funded by the ACT Government to deliver mental health training in the ACT’s schools and colleges, and we offer a range of evidence-based programs tailored for school age students that are mapped to the Australian National Curriculum.
Underpinning the success and positive impact of our programs, are the personal stories of our highly trained volunteer educators with lived experiences of mental health issues. Your students will hear how our volunteers manage and recover through the cyclical nature of mental illness. They will receive a take home resource to assist in maintaining wellness and where to seek help, if needed.
To support better student learning achievements, we also offer programs for teachers as part of their professional development through the school year.
And with one in five Australians experiencing some form of mental health issue, you may also be interested in one of our workplace programs to support colleagues with mental health issues.
*Mission Australia/Black Dog Institute
ACT Volunteer of the Year Award nomination
They say, “find a job that you love and, you’ll never work a day in your life…”
We at MIEACT feel so privileged to work alongside some amazing Canberra locals who also share a passion in educating our community about mental health by sharing their personal lived experiences.
This year our organisation has nominated Leanne Stevens for the ACT Volunteer of the Year award.
Leanne is but one of our dedicated and inspiring volunteers who goes into schools, community groups, government departments and workplaces to share her story.
Please watch the short clip below to hear more about Leanne and her story. And once you’ve finished watching, click the button and give Leanne a vote 😉