June 25, 2020

MIEACT are calling for volunteers

MIEACT are calling for volunteers to support a new mental health and suicide prevention program for Canberra’s Yr9 students.

Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) are calling on our community to volunteer as “Helpers” as part of Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) an evidence-based internationally recognised mental health program for young people brought to Australia by the Black Dog Institute. ACT Health Directorate in partnership with ACT Education are implementing the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM) program that will reach all ACT secondary Year 9 students. Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) have been appointed as the service agency for the YAM program as the leading provider of youth mental health education in the ACT.

YAM is delivered by a trained Instructor with support from a Helper (Volunteer), who provide young people with a safe and non-judgemental space to explore mental health topics such as stress, crisis, depression and knowledge of suicide warning signs and help strategies. (YAM does not involve sharing your personal story or experience.) Helping with one full YAM program requires commitment to approx. 7 hours over 3 weeks during school hours. You are required to have a current WWVP.

Volunteers play a key role as part of the program with the next training session being held on the 15th of July from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

MIEACT CEO, Heidi Prowse says “The YAM program is developed to promote mental health and address suicidal behaviour. YAM is a program aimed at addressing the mental health needs of young people and involves discussion and role play. It aims to get young people involved and talking about mental health. By doing this, young people will learn problem solving skills and gain knowledge about mental health; build resilience; and promote early intervention and help seeking behaviours.”

For more information and to register your interest click here