New Partnership to Fight Youth Mental Health
During the year Youth Focus approached Sandfire to support its Youth Severe Service – a program that provides free psychological support for at-risk youth in the Murchison region of Western Australia. Together with business partners Sodexo and DDH1 Drilling, we established a partnership with Youth Focus to expand the program by employing a part-time female Aboriginal Youth Engagement Officer.
The program was developed specifically for the Murchison. It focuses on building relationships with local communities, employing local people and building the capacity of the clinical team to support Aboriginal groups. The team use art and music as tools to engage young people.
The program has impacted approximately 80 young people and 200 adults within the greater community through family therapy work, cultural awareness training, case management meetings and community events such as open mic nights. The program is helping to break down the stigma of mental health issues and the barriers that many people face in accessing support from mental health workers.