Nov 15
Baradine program helps local youth

In partnership with local community groups, Baradine Health Council has successfully obtained a grant to run a program to assist local youth.

The project involves therapeutic activities and education that aims to address the problem areas of mental health, education, drug and alcohol and domestic violence in 13-25 year old youth.

The program introduces components such as family therapy, counselling, mentoring and relapse prevention to address drug and alcohol and domestic violence issues.

Baradine Health Council Chairperson, Jessica Taylor said this is a very important program for Baradine, and she is glad it has been supported by the Baradine Multipurpose Service (MPS) and other partners and community groups.

“Low income, high unemployment and poor education can be linked to crime, and it is important that we address the root causes of these problems through community programs," Jessica said.

“Data indicates that disengaged or alienated youth are at greater risk of poor health outcomes, including mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse and other social problems."

“We are pleased to be implementing this program that offers opportunities for disadvantaged youth to develop important skills for employment and widen social horizons to ensure they feel connected in their local community."

The project aims to collaborate with community groups, health providers, youth groups, the Local Aboriginal Land Council, employment and educational agencies and other service providers to engage youth in a free activity and skills acquisition program.

“The program is designed to alleviate the negative effects of incidence of crime and to establish productive and lasting relationships between youth, support agencies, the local Aboriginal community and the Baradine community as a whole," Jessica said.

“The program includes focussing on key areas for young people including healthy cooking, sexual health, anger management, resilience and relationship skills, how to quit smoking and a range of education, training and apprenticeships skills to help young people find meaningful employment."

“The program also teaches young people skills in diversity, social inclusion and safety, how to deal with social media and anti-bullying skills."

Baradine Health Council would like to sincerely thank Baradine MPS Health Service Manager, Carole Daniels, Baradine Police, Warrumbungle Shire Youth Office, Elizabeth Cutts from the Baradine Progress Association, Marathon Health, Baradine Camp Cyprus and Baradine Central School for their assistance and support of this program.

People interested in finding out more about this program should contact Baradine Health Council Chairperson, Jessica Taylor on 0408 849 881.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au