Our friends at Blackwood Youth Action organised a great day for Year 9 students from the Warren Blackwood high schools and combined what we were presenting as separate Tiers 1 & 2 into a one day event at the Manjimup Senior High School.
We were among a group of 9 local service providers there to give students information on the mental health services we provide and offer support on the day.
Students heard Tracey Barnett’s story of depression and alcohol abuse along with her fabulous music in the morning. It was a tale made very real by the raw emotion with which it was presented. Tracey is a good place now, but shares how reaching out and asking for help set her on the road to recovery. We were then treated to a visit from riders on the Hawaiian Ride for Youth. One of their riders spoke of his experience with suicide within his family and went on to explain that we all get the three Cs – Choice, Chance, Change. It was a powerful message. The simple ones often are.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.