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Connect Health & Community is committed to supporting the mental health of young people in our community. Our lead initiative to support this is Boss Brain run in conjunction with local mental health leaders, schools and supporters.
What is Boss Brain
Boss Brain is a unique peer-led initiative that aims to increase mental health literacy, help-seeking behaviours and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness among school communities.
Under the project, participating students undertake teen mental health first aid training, and design and deliver a mental health initiative for their school. Overall, the project is designed to build the capacity of young people to raise awareness of mental health among their peers.
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Interested in participating?
Do you know a school in the Bayside/Glen Eira catchment area who would like to participate in Boss Brain? Email email@example.com to express your interest.
Boss Brain was developed and is governed by Connect Health & Community in partnership with Headspace (Elsternwick/Bentleigh Branch), Bayside City Council, Glen Eira Council, Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning & Employment Network and Holmesglen Institute.
What have we achieved?
In 2020, we partnered with Brighton Secondary College. Under the initiative, 23 students were trained in teen mental health first aid and students created a mental health video featuring an interview with a mental health practitioner from Headspace. The video provided advice for students grappling with home learning, lockdowns and health and wellbeing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
“All our Year 11s and 12s sat down at the same time and watched the video we made -this is the first time anything like this has ever happened at our school. It sends a very clear message that this is something our school takes seriously, and it was an important step to raising the profile of mental health as an important issue to tackle together.”
– Argia, Year 12.
Brighton Secondary College video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siWNH-I2XKA
Of the 250 students who watched the video, 239 completed an online survey, which found:
Connect Health & Community wishes to thank the Bendigo Bank Cluster of Bayside Branches for funding this initiative through its Community Grants program.
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