Supporting Youth Mental Health

Published on 25 November 2020

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A project supporting mental health at Kiama High School is one of the recipients of Health and Sustainability Grants from Kiama Council.

The Mental Health First Aid training, run by Kiama Rotary, has proved a success with strong positive feedback from students (and staff) as to how it has helped their mental well-being and self-esteem.

Director Environmental Services Jessica Rippon said the Mental Health First Aid project has already been a success in the wider Kiama community since it was established in 2003.

“The program provides training to students in year eight and ten to improve their health and wellbeing,” Mrs Rippon said.

“Importantly, the program based on the internationally-recognised Kiama Health Plan, and its strategies for ensuring a community that is socially connected, cohesive and diverse, as well as healthy and active.”

“The funding of $1500 was provided in recognition of the importance of the initiative as well as the potential for it to be expanded to other schools, and young people just out of school.”

Parkinson’s Kiama has also received a Health and Sustainability Grant ($750) to support their Fit to Fight Parkinson’s program.

The program helps improve the health and well-being of people living with Parkinson's Disease (and their carers) via regular exercise.

The Kiama Bicycle User Group has also received a grant ($750) for first aid training for members, especially those who lead their various group rides throughout the year.

“The Health and Sustainability Grants are intended to support drive small projects that will contribute to health and environmental outcomes for the Kiama community.”