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The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017



The Centralian advocate Tue 28 Mar 2017


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Alice Springs; Tennant Creek (N.T.) -- Newspapers; Alice Springs (N.T.) -- Newspapers.; Australia, Central -- Newspapers

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Alice Springs

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10 LIFESTYLE TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 Attend live events; Have their voices heard on issues of concern to them; Showcase their talents; Celebrate their contri bution to the community; Take part in competitions; Have fun. National Youth Week ac tivities include a Super 7s softball competition on Saturday April 1; Free first aid training on April 7 and April 8; YAG free movie marathon on Friday, April 7; and a Harry Potter movie and fair on Saturday, April 8. For more details go to www.youth.nt.gov.au Saturday 8th April 2017 FREE MOVIE! Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone 12noon Alice Springs Cinema Quidditch In Real Life + Harry Potter Fair 2pm 5pm Todd Mall (northern end) bring your own Squad (7 players) or join ours Prizes for best dressed All Youth 12 25 years old welcome www.headspace.org.au/AliceSprings Need crisis support now? Were here to help. Talking is way to resolution TALK is good. Can we really talk about suicide with young people? Vulnerability to suicide is a reality for all people but has some particular challenges for youth in the 15 to 24 age group. As a result of posing this question, Lifeline Central Australia discussed the issue with local schools some years ago and understood that they needed reassurance in providing suicide prevention training and that it was appropriate. After the initial concerns about talking openly about suicide with students, the safeTALK (suicide alertness for everyone) program was accepted as an important element in secondary schools, where the emphasis is on prevention and being able to help keep themselves or someone else safe from suicide. Wanting confirmation that our approach was observing best practice, Lifeline CA decided to test the safety and efficacy of the safeTALK program with students, with the help of its Lifeline Research Foundation and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health associated with Melbourne University. It was decided that there was a need for a study, as investigation showed there hadnt been much research in Australia or in fact, inter nationally, addressing the appropriateness and safety of the suicide-specific education program, safeTALK, in schools. Central Australia pioneered this groundbreaking research that has application around the globe. With the co-operation and support of Centralian Senior, St Philips and OLSH colleges, a pilot study was carried out and showed that talking about suicide in school settings didnt create a risk in itself and in fact may increase participants likelihood of seeking help. Most local secondary schools now engage Lifeline Central Australia to routinely deliver safeTALK to senior students. Lifeline also delivers the half day safeTALK training to many other organisations and welcomes inquiries from individuals and organisations. More comprehensive workshops such as Youth Mental Health First Aid, The Accidental Counsellor and ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) are all two-day programs that can be tailored to an organisations needs. A schedule of all upcoming workshops can be found at www.lifeline.org.au/centralaustralia For more information on workshops, contact Karen Reval on 8953 1250 or karen.lifelinent@bigpond.com NatioNal Youth Week 2017 A Centralian Advocate Advertising Feature Week for youth to be centre of focus Alice Springs born and raised Cassie Boyle, 18, the Central Australian ambassador for National Youth Week proudly wearing the Dream Big T-shirt. Picture: EMMA MURRAY HAVING been involved in a number of youth programs, 18year-old Cassie Boyle was an obvious choice as the National Youth Week Ambassador 2017 for Central Australia. She is one of five ambassadors for the NT regions. Born and raised in Alice Springs. Ms Boyle went to Adelaide to complete the final two years of school and returned at the end of 2016. She is a member of the NT Youth Round Table and has been included in a number of other youth programs including the Foundation for Young Australians IMPACT Leadership Program and the Garma Festival Youth Forum. I am passionate about effecting change in the community and advancing youth culture, Ms Boyle said. A lot of young people to have a voice on issues the affect them. It is important have this week for young people to be able to have a say and for people to listen to them. The theme of the week is Dream Big and it is an opportunity for everyone aged between 12 and 25 to be involved in something bigger. People are working on finding a way to solve youth issues and National Youth Week is a good way forward, Ms Boyle said. This is the perfect opportunity for young people to talk about what other opportunities exist for them. It is my first time I have been involved in National Youth Week and I am excited to be a part of it. One of the events that Ms Boyle is looking forward to is the Harry Potter movie ad fair, organised by Headspace and being held at the Alice Springs Cinema, on Saturday, April 8. Chance for youth to showcase talent NATIONAL Youth Week is an annual, week-long celebration of young people (aged 12-25) throughout Australia. Its an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, and to act on issues that affect their lives and a chance for a lot of fun. Each year, all around Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people. National Youth Week 2017 is from March 31 to April 9. The week is an opportunity for young people to: Share ideas; Proudly sponsored by * Northern Territory Government

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