Julian keeps mentally healthy by volunteering at his local surf club. He trains new members to get their surf bronze so they are ready to patrol the beach in the summer.
“I love the ocean and this is a great way to give back to the community and do something that I love at the same time” says Julian.
Julian recently completed the Youth Connectors training that we offer at Mentally Healthy WA.
This new program is a peer-based mental health initiative that builds resilience, educates and develops mentally healthy behaviours in young people and the people who surround them. The program is open to all young people aged 16-25 in WA.
During the last two weeks Julian has been using his skills as a connector to help his friend’s manage exam related stress by encouraging them to take study breaks and go outside and enjoy the sunshine and to continue doing the things that make them mentally healthy.
“Act-Belong-Commit is so easy to apply to your life and to encourage your friends and family to do the same” says Julian.
Julian highly recommends the Youth Connectors workshop to other young people: “other workshops that I have done in the past have focused on mental illness whereas the Youth Connectors is a positive, fun and interactive experience that gives you the skills to be more mentally healthy and support your friends to do the same”
To find out more about becoming a Youth Connector and to register your interest for when workshops will be run in 2017 email Darci; Darci.Miller@curtin.edu.au or phone (08) 9266 4648.