Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Service has joined forces with the Department of Education and Communities (Western NSW) to help educate teachers and youth workers on the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness and promote mental wellbeing in adolescents.
The Dubbo Wellbeing Forum 2013 will be held on Monday 15th July 2013, at Dubbo College Senior Campus and approximately 700 delegates are expected to attend. The forum will feature expert adolescent psychologists Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (well known for his appearances on the Sunrise program), Clinical Professor David Bennett from the Westmead Children’s Hospital and Paula Robinson, Managing Director of the Positive Psychology Institute.
School Education Director for Dubbo, Anne-Marie Furney said all public secondary school teachers in Dubbo and surrounding towns will be attending the forum as their first staff development day for Term 3.
“In our schools it is essential that we adopt deliberate strategies to build secure and supporting environments.
“The keynote presentations and workshops have been carefully chosen to help teachers and people working with young people create a positive environment where young people feel safe, valued, engaged and purposeful,” Mrs Furney said.
27 workshops will be presented by many local counsellors, health workers and service providers. Topics include; Aboriginal education priorities, depression and anxiety in schools, anger management, teacher self-care, cyberbullying, behavioural problems and management techniques, pathways to care and student involvement.
The General Manager for Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services Dubbo and Region, Tuana Sanders said mental health and wellbeing has been linked to young people’s academic success, social development, resilience and capacity for employment.
“The slogan ‘Stay calm & take charge of mental wellbeing’ promotes the positive side of mental health and wellbeing which is often forgotten.
“The collaborative nature of this forum and the extension to the non-government sector and wider community will really highlight the importance of education, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses and promotion of positive mental wellbeing,” Mrs Sanders said.
A free Community Information Session and presentation by Michael Carr-Gregg will conclude the Dubbo Wellbeing Forum. This public session will be held at the Dubbo RSL Club starting at 7pm. Michael Carr-Gregg will speak on the five great challenges of parenting in 2013 and will give practical advice on the most pressing parenting dilemmas. No registration or RSVP is required for the free evening Community Information Session.
Media are invited to attend a media opportunity from 12:20–1:00pm, Monday 15th July 2013 at Dubbo College Senior Campus.
To confirm you attendance or for further information please contact Camilla Kenny, Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Services on (02) 6881-4034 or Ann-Marie Furney, School Education Director Dubbo on (02) 6883-6300.
Media are also welcome to attend the Community Information Session Dubbo RSL Club from 6:30pm the same evening.