Last week, GP down south delivered the 3 Tier Youth Mental Health Program to 8 schools in the Peel region. The program is based around Awareness (Tier 1), Prevention (Tier 2) and Intervention (Tier 3). Each of these is usually delivered separately, but this year, Tiers 1 and 2 were combined into one presentation.
Young people today have access to unprecedented amounts of information and can google much of the information themselves. However, we found that the face to face presentation by Amy Coombe who shares her story of eating disorders, depression and anxiety is compelling and powerful enough to hold an audience of 15 year old’s captive for up to 2 hours.
641 students attended the sessions during the week and quite a few commented that it was unlike any mental health program they are usually delivered. The authenticity of a story delivered from someone with lived experience who has a passion for helping young people manoeuvre a tricky time of life, is what makes this program unique and why schools keep inviting us back to present the program. Deepest praise to Amy Coombe for her energy, passion and dedication to the program and to the staff and teachers at the school who helped make the week such a resounding success.
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.