Talk OUT Loud

Mental Health Education for Young People
Following a successful introduction in 2010 to Schools and Service settings from Whittlesea to Alexandra to the Shire of Yarra Ranges,Talk Out Loud will continue to be available in 2011 to bushfire affected communities. In 2010 Talk Out Loud is being delivered in a variety of contexts and formats and some of these include: •School based VCAL classes, (Personal Development) •School based Psychology classes •Community based Youth Group activities (in collaboration with Kildonan Uniting Care and Salvation Army) •Community fair in partnership with the Salvation Army Youth and Music Program (Mental Health and Music) •School and Community based Year 9 community project initiative combining mental health and music (and in partnership with Salvation Army Youth and Music Program) Discussions are underway for programs as part of: •School camps •Community based leadership and respite program •School based program preparing Year 12’s for VCE •Ongoing program partnership with Salvation Army Youth and Music Program exploring mental health through music making Feedback was gathered from the 21 sessions delivered (reaching approx 380 students) over term 3 and 4 and included: Comments about the program from teachers: “fantastic hands on activities. Great mix of fun/serious opportunities for discussion” “would be good in 2 X 1.5 hr sessions” “Next year we could run it at the start of the mental health topic” “Would be good across all year levels” “..making it part of an ongoing program in the school” In response to the question “what was the best part of the workshop?” here are some of the responses from the students: “all useful” “the video” The laughing” “talking about mental illness” “dressing up” “doing activities outside” “learning about who can help” “active games” “group talks”

For bookings and information contact Erica Gurner Ph: 8327 7720 (office); 0400 812 941(mobile) or email: egurner@redcross.org.au

Workshop Outline
• Components of health: mental
health vs physical health

• Stigma and stereotypes
• Substance use and its impact on mental health

• Stress and its impact on mental
health • Mental health vs mental illness: symptoms, causes, treatments • Self Harm

• ITALK model for self care, supporting friends and getting help • Resource toolkit