Community Grants Scheme awards $60k towards several youth mental health projects in Kwinana

Telissa RyderSound Telegraph
A local school wellbeing day run by Armed for Life.
Camera IconA local school wellbeing day run by Armed for Life. Credit: supplied

Four mental health projects focused on Kwinana’s youth have been awarded $60,000 as part of the City of Kwinana WA Primary Health Alliance Community Grants Scheme.

The funding boost will assist in delivering the projects while empowering community organisations to put more of a spotlight on youth mental health before the year’s end.

Mayor Carol Adams said reducing disconnection in the community and increasing mental health education was a priority.

“Census 2021 data revealed mental health conditions (including depression or anxiety) were the highest reported long-term health conditions in the City of Kwinana, followed by asthma, arthritis and diabetes,” she said.

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“This highlights a need to focus resources and engage the expertise of respected organisations qualified in this field and connected to the community to foster mental health wellbeing.”

Under the grants scheme, Inspire Radio will use $15,000 to facilitate a radio show run by young people which will air from Kwinana’s Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre.

Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Corporation and the Institute of Indigenous Wellbeing and Sport will collaborate to use a $20,000 grant for a one-off Youth Cultural Camp in the school holidays as a pilot program to develop ongoing camps from 2023.

Anglicare WA will also receive $10,000 for a Building Resilience in Parents workshop to support parents and carers who have children experiencing suicidal behaviour and/or non-suicidal self-injury.

Global Development Group in partnership with Armed for Life, will receive $15,000 to deliver a Wellbeing Day as a one-day program or split up over multiple days in schools within the City of Kwinana.

For more information, head to the WA Primary Health Alliance’s official website.

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