Youth Mental Health Champions Project

Youth Mental Health Champions

Learn about the signs of mental illness, where and how to get help, and then share this information within your local community.


Mental health and young people

One in four young people aged 16-24 will suffer mental illness, making it the number one health issue for young Australians (Department of Health, 2017).  Mental illness impacts on quality of life and overall health and wellbeing, however few seek help or feel comfortable talking to friends and family about it. There is a need to destigmatise mental illness and support young people to start a dialogue about mental health.  

What is the Youth Mental Health Champions Project?

The Youth Mental Health Champions Project aims to raise awareness among young people of the signs and symptoms of mental illness and where to seek information and support. Training in Mental Health First Aid will be delivered to 25 recruited young people, known as Champions and 25 adult Sponsors. Their mission will be to educate their local community on mental illness. Champions will plan and deliver two mental health talks within the Bayside and/or Glen Eira region and deliver these in 2020. Champions will come together monthly to support each other to plan and deliver their mental health talks.

Led by Connect Health & Community, the project is a joint initiative of Bayside City Council Youth Services, Glen Eira City Council Youth Services, Headspace Elsternwick and the Bayside Glen Eira Kingston Local Learning and Employment Network.

                      

Why become a Youth Mental Health Champion?

  • Educate people on the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and where to seek help
  • Receive a certificate of completion of Mental Health First Aid - Teen training at NO cost. To learn more about the training, click here.
  • Gain volunteer work experience to add to your resume
  • Gain the skills to recognise and help with mental health problems and crises
  • Gain experience in public speaking

Why become a Youth Mental Health Champion Sponsor?

  • Support a young person to educate others on the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and where to seek help
  • Receive a certificate of completion of Mental Health First Aid - Youth training at NO cost. To learn more about the training, click here.
  • Gain volunteer experience
Position Descriptions
For a Position Description outlining what the roles involve, click here.
Requirements and Eligibility Criteria

Champions

Sponsors

o   You will be in year 10, 11 or 12 in 2020 and attending a school and/or you are part of a group in the Bayside or Glen Eira Council areas.

o   Identify a trusted adult who will act as your sponsor in 2020.

o   Apply and participate in an interview process.

o   Complete FREE mental health first aid training.

o   Plan and deliver two community mental health talks.

o   Participate in monthly meetings in 2020.

o   You will be a trusted person identified by your Champion to support them throughout 2020.

o   You have/are willing to obtain a Working with Children Check.

o   Apply and participate in an interview process.

o   Complete FREE mental health first aid training.

o   Support your Champion to plan and deliver two community mental health talks.

o   Participate in 3 meetings in 2020.

 Selection Process

Champions and Sponsors are both required to participate in the interview and selection process.

  1. Submit the online nomination form.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via e-mail and required to complete a written interview form.
  3. Shortlisted Champion applicants will be contacted via e-mail and required to participate in a group interview in early December.
  4. Shortlisted Sponsor applicants will be contacted and required to participate in a phone interview in December.

There are only 25 Champion and Sponsor places available. Sponsors are required to have, or need to apply for, a Volunteer Working with Children Check.  This is free of cost. To apply for a Working with Children Check, visit https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

How to apply to be a Champion or Sponsor:

  1. Complete and submit the nomination form online, see links below, by Sunday, 10 November 2019. Applications close at 10pm.

Nomination Form: Youth Mental Health Champions 

Online form link for Champions: http://bayside.formstack.com/forms/mental_health_champions

Nomination Form: Sponsors 

Online form link for Sponsors: http://bayside.formstack.com/forms/mental_health_sponsors

  1. Complete and email the project consent form to healthpromotion@connecthealth.org.au

Click the link to access the Consent Form.  Complete, then scan and email to healthpromotion@connecthealth.org.au

If you have any issues submitting your application please contact the Health Promotion team on 9575 5333, or shoot us an email healthpromotion@connecthealth.org.au

To see Key Dates for Youth Mental Health Champions and Sponsors click here.

To view the Mental Health First Aid Training Information Booklet click here.

If you are an organisation located in Bayside or Glen Eira and would like to request a mental health presentation by a Youth Mental Health Champion, contact the Health Promotion team at Connect Health & Community on (03) 9575 5333 or via email healthpromotion@connecthealth.org.au