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27/03/2021
Groundbreaking movement on mental health in Rosebud
by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

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Bendigo Bank’s Stephen Edmund, Nepean state Labor MP Chris Brayne, Rosebud Secondary College assistant principal Geoff Seletto and Flinders federal Liberal MP Greg Hunt dig deep for mental health. Photo by Chris Brayne.

Big things are happening at Rosebud Secondary College. Last month saw the symbolic breaking of ground to kick off the construction of the school’s mental health space, which has been in the works since 2015. The wellness pavilion will house the school’s well-being team to support the mental health of the students and will be available to the wider community. It’s the result of community-wide efforts to support young people’s mental health across the Peninsula. 

Conceived in response to statistical evidence of worsening levels of youth mental health across the southern Peninsula, the pavilion shines a welcome light on the well-being of our young people. After much hard work and fundraising by community members, the pavilion is expected to take up to six months to complete and will offer ‘hard-fought’ support and training for teachers and students alike. The construction fence is up, and it looks like the future of our kids’ mental health is finally being put front and centre.

Assistant principal Geoff Seletto explains: “Rosebud Secondary College views the mental health of our young people and all young people on the Mornington Peninsula as being a top priority. The mental health pavilion will be at the main entrance of the school and will provide a specialised space for the kids to go, which is something completely new. The response from the students has been great. They are really positive. The Federal and State governments have contributed $300,000 each to the project and the Bendigo Bank has also contributed $250,000. The rest of the funds have been raised by the community to reach the goal of $1 million. The build should be completed by the end of September 2021.”

The pavilion will focus on teaching kids to become more resilient and practise mindfulness meditation, which is a research-based technique focusing on slowing down racing thoughts, eliminating distraction, letting go of negativity and focusing on the present. What a great response to the ‘chaotic’ amount of information bombarding kids these days. It will also improve referral processes for mental health across the Peninsula. Simply groundbreaking.

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If you or anyone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800 or Headspace on 1800 650 890.

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