The Clough Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce it has renewed a flagship partnership with independent Western Australian not-for-profit group Youth Focus.Since 2014, the Foundation has partnered with Youth Focus to support delivering mental health education in Western Australia. The Foundation’s support has enabled Youth Focus to deliver its school-based mental health awareness program in more than 10 high schools across Western Australia.
Youth Focus works with young people aged 12-25 to help them overcome issues associated with depressions, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. The Foundation has committed to continue the Youth Focus School Mental Health Awareness Program and Youth Focus professional face-to-face counselling services for youth in Western Australia during the 2017/18 financial year.
Clough CEO and Clough Foundation Director, Peter Bennett said “I’m pleased the Foundation has chosen to renew this partnership. These programs make a real difference to young people in our communities. The programs provide young people, their families and their teachers with the tools to detect mental health issues and the ability to intervene when necessary.”
Youth Focus CEO, Fiona Kalaf said “At Youth Focus, we believe in the power of partnerships and collaborative efforts to make the greatest impact in suicide prevention. Through its support, the, Clough Foundation continues to play an important role in promoting and defending young Western Australian’s rights to live fulfilled and meaningful lives.”
The School Mental Health Awareness Program is an in-school based program deliver to year 9 students in the Perth metropolitan and regional areas, including the North West. The program aims to raise awareness of suicide, depression and self-harm and educate young people, their families and teachers to detect and combat these issues.
The key driver behind this program is research which demonstrates that when people better understand metal health, they are more likely to seek help for themselves or encourage friends who are dealing their own mental health issues.
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About the Clough Foundation
The Clough Foundation is a Charitable Trust that governs Clough’s philanthropic investment decisions. Overseen by a semi-independent board, the Foundation provides support to organisations, communities or causes that provide sustainable benefits to society.
All investment decisions align with Clough’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy which is underpinned by six pillars: Children & Youth, Arts, Indigenous, Empowering Women, Education and Healthy Communities.