Youth Focus shooting hoops for mental health
Youth Focus Narrogin’s Hoops for Mental Health event at Gnarojin Park on National Mental Health Day was not just a relaxed afternoon of basketball.
It was about spreading a wider message of mental wellbeing and displaying the services Youth Focus provides to the Narrogin community.
The service, which has been in Narrogin since February, delivers face-to-face counselling and education programs which aim to reduce symptoms associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Youth engagement officer Meg Gaine said young people in regional and remote areas faced a range of stressors unique to living outside major cities.
She said Narrogin and the surrounding townships were affected by a high rate of suicide among young people, with many experiencing anxiety, disengagement from the community, depression and self-harm, as well as alcohol and drug issues.
“The goal of this event was to provide an opportunity for the young people in this region to engage in a positive way with one another, and with mental health support services like ours,” Ms Gaine said.
“The focus on play with a selection of outdoor activities, followed by a communal barbecue, meant a safe and non-threatening environment for Youth Focus to connect with the local young people, their families and community members in a more relaxed and fun setting.”
Ms Gaine said such events allowed Youth Focus staff to build rapport and establish trust within the community.
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