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Melanie Wiese, third from left, will present the Young Men's Project workshop at Ellenbrook.

Ellenbrook mental health workshop

YOUNG men from 18 to 25-years-old who live in Ellenbrook have the opportunity to explore the issues surrounding suicide and mental health at a workshop on Saturday, September 9.

Each participant will be given a $100 voucher to attend the Young Men’s Project workshop which will be held from 10am at the Coolamon Oval Pavilion, Bonney Lane, Ellenbrook.

The five-hour workshop includes lunch.

The workshop is being organised through Youth Focus, which oversees the Young Men’s Project, in collaboration with the City of Swan. Young men must register to attend through the City of Swan.

Youth Focus chief executive officer Fiona Kalaf said suicide was still the biggest killer of young Australian men.

“Suicide kills more young men than car accidents and the number has been getting higher over the past 10 years,” she said.

“One suicide affects hundreds of people with an impact that devastates whole communities.

“Therefore, it is critical that young men come together to help us understand their unique issues and how we can implement meaningful programs and services in the local environment.”

Youth Focus is a for purpose Western Australian organisation, which works to prevent suicide and assist young people aged 12-25 with issues related to anxiety, depression and self-harm.

The Young Men’s Project workshop will examine issues that directly relate to living in Ellenbrook.

It will highlight how young men cope with various challenges, the type of services they are trying to access and whether they are getting the right help they really need.

For example, the young men might talk about employment barriers or the pressures of being a young father, or not being able to access free counselling in a timely manner.

Ultimately, it is hoped that with the help of the workshop participants, the City of Swan can develop and implement relevant mental health projects that benefit the local community.

Importantly, these conversations will assist in reducing the stigma around mental health and promote further discussions.

For more information visit www.youngmensproject.com.au

To register your interest email [email protected]

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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