The Clough Foundation is pleased to announce it has renewed its partnership with independent Western Australian not-for-profit group Youth Focus.
Since 2014, the Clough Foundation has partnered with Youth Focus to support the delivery of mental health education in Western Australia. In that time, 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 2018/19 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: “The Clough Foundation partnership had enabled Youth Focus to provide potentially life-saving mental health education to young people across WA.”
“Youth Focus supporters like the Clough Foundation are invaluable in helping us continue our important work to prevent youth suicide, which, sadly, is the biggest killer of young Australians,” Ms Kalaf said.
“It is largely due to the generosity of individuals and companies that we are able to provide young people with important counselling services, as well as suicide prevention education in schools. Without this, we would not be able to continue to support vulnerable young people.”
The in-schools program, Having a Conversation about Mental Health, is run by Youth Focus and open to Year 9 students, parents and teaching staff at secondary schools across metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
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, including how to initiate conversations about mental health with young people.
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.
More than 6000 students from 40 schools participated in the program last financial year.