Live4Life is a mental health promotion initiative targeting young people in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria, Australia
The Live4Life initiative was developed in 2009 as a community-wide response to a reported increase in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide in the Macedon Ranges Shire, particularly at Year 8 level (13-14 years). The Youth Development Unit at Macedon Ranges Shire Council, along with schools and community leaders, identified a need for a coordinated, collaborative response with a focus on seeking solutions prior to the need for crisis intervention. Live4Life is an innovative, evidence-based, local community driven response to youth mental illness. The initiative aims to provide a local solution to a global problem by adopting a whole of community approach to increase knowledge, reduce stigma and improve mental health service pathways that are appropriate for young people.
5 Secondary Schools across the Shire participate in a series of Mental Health Education Sessions, an annual Competition and a Celebration event. View the 2015 Competition Winners here!
The 5 schools and community partners have focuses on mental health education and promotion that targets all young people, their families, schools and community, not just young people with identifiable problems or a diagnosed mental illness.
The 2016 Live4Life Partners are:
- Cobaw Community Health
- Macedon Ranges Health
- Macedon Ranges Shire Council (Lead Agent)
- Victoria Police – Kyneton
- Braemar College
- Gisborne Secondary College
- Kyneton Secondary College
- Sacred Heart College
- Sunbury & Macedon Ranges Specialist School
Live4Life also works with a dedicated team of Live4Life Crew members from each of the partner schools to deliver both the education sessions and Live4Life events.
Please explore the site, it is being updated often.
For further information about Live4Life please contact:
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Youth Development Unit
P 03 5422 0275
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