Brainwaves: Removing the stigma of mental illness
Posted on April 06, 2017
City Mission and Scotch Oakburn College partnered together to host a forum focusing on the topic of mental illness in youth. High schools and colleges in the Launceston area were invited to attend today, Thursday 6 April to address removing the stigma of mental illness.
Students from Scotch Oakburn College’s Round Square program have been working with youth mentors and the marketing team at City Mission to launch a youth forum called Brainwaves.
Ten local schools and colleges participated in the forum which consisted of three workshops throughout the day. The first two workshops were based around two keynote speakers and the final workshop focussed on developing an action plan for students to take back to their respective schools and share with their peers.
The two keynote speakers were two Tasmanians of the Year, Zac Lockhart and Mitch McPherson. Zac Lockhart spoke about youth homelessness from his personal story which included a struggle with mental health. Mitch McPherson is the founder of Speak Up! Stay ChatTY which he started after his brother took his own life and he spoke about youth suicide.
A social worker from Newstead College reached out to say how impressed they were with the extensive preparation for the day by the Round Square captains from Scotch Oakburn College and for their inclusive and collaborative attitude. She also added the following:
"A fantastic day today, I know our three student representatives from Newstead College really enjoyed participating and interacting with the students from the other schools. I am sure there will be some great outcomes in terms of raising awareness of mental health issues, as well as the promotion of positive mental health amongst the school communities."
At the end of the forum, students were supplied with coloured hands to write messages of hope. These messages have been collected up and will be displayed publicly in Launceston after Easter.