Youth making a difference to mental health

Published: 27 October 2022

Eurobodalla’s youth committee have been hard at it, ensuring the shire’s young people are engaged and supported during October’s Mental Health Month.

The crew caught up with mental health advocate and R U OK ambassador Glenn Cotter to workshop the different ways to check on your mates, before brainstorming some potential radio scripts. Bega MP Michael Holland, another advocate for youth mental health, popped in during the day to offer his support.

A couple of the youth committee’s older members – Jamie Hackett and Josie Wassell – recorded the scripts at 2EC/PowerFM Batemans Bay studios with help from radio personality Kimmi Saker. The ads have been playing on both stations since 1 October and run until the end of the month.

In addition, the youth committee’s Active Art workshops held at Soul Space Batemans Bay have been a hit with much open discussion around mental health facilitated by owner Ness Shannon. Some amazing works were created and culminated in an exhibition complete with live music, radio broadcast by PowerFM, barbecue and guest speakers – Glenn Cotter and workshop participant, artist Sophie Heslop. Many works were sold on the day while others remain on display at Soul Space.

This event was made possible by funding from the NSW Government’s Office of Regional Youth.

Eurobodalla’s youth committee has been running for over 15 years, giving the shire’s youth an opportunity to bring their voice to local government and effect change meaningful to their demographic. Learn more  or register your interest on our youth committee page.

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