Supporting and celebrating our youth

This year we celebrate Youth Week from 15 November - 15 December.

This is in recognition of the significant challenges young people across our communities have faced this year, giving them more time to participate in a range of activities online, across the state.

Throughout this unprecedented year we have continued to work with young people in our community, and as part of Youth Week celebrate their achievements and provide some tips and support to help them through the last run to the end of the year.

Boss Brain

The Brighton Secondary College Boss Brain team. 
One significant achievement we celebrate is that of the Boss Brain youth mental health project undertaken at Brighton Secondary College. 

Lead by Connect Health & Community, with support of our partners, students undertook extensive training in teen mental health first aid - teaching them how and where to get help, and how to provide mental health first aid to their peers.

Students also designed and developed a mental health video for the school to encourage help-seeking behaviours and reducing the stigma associated with mental illness in the school community in a year fraught with great uncertainty for VCE students.

Boss Brain is funded by the Bendigo Bank Cluster of Bayside Branches through their Community Grants program.


Read more about Brain Boss here.




If your school is interested in participating in Boss Brain in 2020, contact

Self care tips for exams

As we head into Youth Week celebrations, we are also mindful that many year 10, 11 and 12 students are currently undertaking their end of year exams.

With great acknowledgement that all students have done an amazing job to get this far in a tumultuous year, some of our specialists share a few tips below to help make this last run at the finish line, just a little easier.

Physiotherapist, Alex, provides some tips on exercise.

Nutritionist, Jodie, shares some smart eating ideas.

Youth counsellor, Joanna, shares some tips for looking after your mental health.

And regardless of the outcome of these exams, we applaud every young person on their achievements this year.  You are all amazing!

Connect Health & Community provides a range of services to support our young people through all life's challenges.  For more information or to make a booking, call us on 03) 9575 5333.

For more information of Youth Week activities around the state, visit 

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