Young people struggling with their mental health will soon have another avenue to seek help after work started on a youth wellness pavilion at Rosebud Secondary College. The pavilion, which will house the college’s well-being team and provide office space for Peninsula mental health and community services, has been designed to support college students and the wider community.
The concept was developed after the death by suicide of two college students in 2013. Since then, college staff including Geoff Seletto and Lisa Holt, Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor Antonella Celi and the Rosebud community have worked to bring the project to fruition. The federal and Victorian governments each added $300,000 to money raised by students and staff, who were supported by the council and businesses. The pavilion is expected to be completed by September and will provide support and training for teachers and students as well as improving referral processes for mental health help.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said suicide was recognised as the leading cause of death among young people, with more than 3000 Australians each year – eight people a day – taking their own lives. “It is important to make sure all Australians get the support they need to prevent suicide and reduce these numbers,” Mr Hunt said. “The pavilion will join other new services the Morrison Government is funding on the Mornington Peninsula to support the mental health of young people in the region. These include a new youth mental health hub in Rosebud, and a new headspace satellite service for Rosebud and Hastings.”
If you or anyone you know needs help, contact:
• Lifeline on 13 11 14
• Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
• Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
• Headspace on 1800 650 890