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Be a mental health voice

By Shepparton News

Youth mental health organisation headspace is looking for new members aged 16 to 25 to join its Youth Advisory Council.

Six positions on the Shepparton-based council are up for grabs, with each requiring a different set of skills.

headspace Shepparton’s community awareness officer Leah Farnham said the advisory council was a great place to meet like-minded people and gain new insight.

‘‘So, go on, give it a go. You might be surprised,’’ she said.

In the past, the advisory council was responsible for managing a help-seeking group, organised community events and ran a six-week intervention program.

headspace said the advisory council would look to do even more in the coming year.

Volunteers will have the chance to support their community, reduce stigma around mental health and ease the stresses of other young people while improving their public speaking and better preparing themselves for a career helping others.

Advisory council leader Chelsea Sofra said young people in the Goulburn Valley were talking openly about mental health, which helped to reduce the stigma.

‘‘Being a part of the YAC gives us the opportunity to take these conversations and help to shape the way headspace Shepparton provides services in the Goulburn Valley, so they are actually delivered in a way that we want and need,’’ she said.

‘‘I think the term ‘youth friendly’ gets thrown around a lot, but headspace is an organisation that truly embodies this.’’

Applications for the youth advisory council are due by January 7 and applicants are encouraged to contact committee members if they have any questions.

For more information or to apply, visit www.headspace.org.au/shepparton

James Dowling is a Year 11 work experience student