Raising Awareness & Funding for Youth Mental Health in SA
We all have our odd days and Odd Sock day is an opportunity for SA school students to wear their odd socks whilst raising awareness and reducing the stigma of youth mental health.
In addition a gold coin donation to Grow – A proven program for mental wellbeing will raise funds for the Get Growin’ Youth Mental health program to reach more ‘at risk’ students in South Australian schools.
“We know that 1 in 4 young people will experience a mental health issue this year, making it the single biggest issue facing young Australians,” Mark Butler MP 2012.
Mr Butler recently announced much needed government funding for school, web and centre based mental health supports. The Get Growin’ program works to complement these programs by providing targeted programs to youth identified by teachers and student counselors as ‘at risk’ and requiring extra support in a small peer group focused environment.
It is based on Grow’s adult recovery-focused program that has helped thousands over the past 50 years to regain and maintain their mental health.
The Get Growin’ program has supported young people in over 15 schools with amazing outcomes.
During October’s Mental Health Week 2012 Grow SA in partnership with the Mental Health Coalition of SA will engage schools to participate in this special day; Students wearing odd socks for a gold coin donation and schools using provided resources to open the discussion around youth mental health and engage young people in forums and workshops to reduce the stigma of a once taboo topic.
Odd Sock day – Friday 12th October 2012 during Mental Health Week.
For more information about the Get Growin’ program or Odd Sock Day contact Grow SA by:
P: 08 8298 9299