Life4Life is an initiative of Youth Live4Life Inc.
Youth Live4Life Inc. is a registered health promotion charity, born out of the desire to spread the reach of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Live4Life Program.
Youth Live4Life Inc. empowers rural Victorian communities to support, improve and invest in young people’s mental health and wellbeing through the implementation of the Live4Life model. Youth Live4Life Inc. are supported by a passionate Board of Directors.
There are four components of the Live4Life model
School and Community
The Local Partnership Group
The locally based partnership group includes representation from local government, schools and services. The local Group drives the implementation of the Live4Life model.
Mental Health Training
Delivery of evidence-based suicide prevention & mental health education in the community
- Training of local community members to become Accredited Youth and Teen Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructors
- Delivery of the Youth MHFA course to teachers, parents, carers, first-responders and community leaders (2 day course)
- Delivery of the two age-appropriate Teen MHFA courses to all local year 8 and year 11 students (3 x 75min sessions per class group)
Implementation of local Youth Leadership and Participation program
Local student representatives from year 9 and 10 form the ‘Crew’. They are trained and mentored throughout the program, becoming Mental Health Ambassadors. The Crew coordinate three activities throughout the year targeting all participating year 8 students. The events bring together community, the partnership agencies and young people at a launch, competition and celebration event.
Coordination, support and mentoring by Youth Live4Life Inc. staff
Core support, problem solving and guidance is provided to ‘Live4Life communities’ based on the Macedon Ranges Live4Life experience and outcomes.