G21 councils collaborate for youth mental health these school holidays

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The City has resumed face-to-face programs at three facilities during the school holidays as part of a new initiative to improve connection for young people in the G21 region.

Armstrong Creek East Community Hub, Leopold Community Hub and The fOrT Youth Centre in Corio are operating as ‘Youth Hubs’ to provide a physical location for young people, aged 10-25 years old, to engage in free social activities with their peers while connecting with the City’s youth team.

The Youth Hubs aim to address mental health concerns and provide an opportunity for young people to digitally connect with mental health clinicians as part of the school holiday program.

All facilities are operating under new COVID-safe measures which includes limited entry points, reduced program numbers, hand sanitising stations and regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces.

All staff and visitors must adhere to physical distancing measures, register their details when visiting the Hubs and stay home if they are unwell.

Headspace staff will also visit the Hubs and provide additional support to the City’s Youth Development team, who are all trained in mental health first aid.

The Youth Hubs model and services have been replicated in three neighbouring councils, providing face-to-face and digital support to young people throughout the G21 region.

These initiatives are in response to the mental health issues affecting young people in the region and have been informed by headspace and Barwon Child Youth and Family (BCYF). A direct reporting line has also been established between headspace and each G21 council.

Digital programs will continue during this time providing another way for young people to stay engaged.

The Youth Hubs are open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm during the school holidays until Friday 10 July.

Follow Geelong Youth on Facebook and Instagram for program updates.

Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher:

It’s extremely important for young people in the region to be connected with their peers and supported during this time.

The Youth Hubs at facilities throughout the G21 region will help to provide that essential connection and support during the school holidays.

I’m pleased to see such a collaborative approach in response to this issue and the initiative that’s been shown by those involved.

I strongly encourage parents to support their children to utilise these services and for more schools and young people to access the City’s Mental Health First Aid program.

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