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Young people are an integral part of our community and can help to shape the future of Western Australia in new and exciting ways.
Two new Department of Local Government and Communities publications provide advice on how to maximise young people’s input and contributions to community life.
If you are a young person, check out the information sheets in ‘Get Heard. Make a Difference’. They contain practical tips on how you can get involved in organisations and the community, and on how you can start and manage your own projects.
If you are an organisation and want to know how to include young people in consultations and on your board or committees, then refer to the help sheets in ‘Rejuvenate your organisation: involving young people to increase your success’.
The National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University has produced two factsheets, one for parents and one for students, containing important tips on how young people can stay safe during Leavers celebrations.
Leavers is a major event involving about 10,000 year 12 students each year and takes place in November following their end of year exams.
The Department for Communities funded the National Drug Research Institute to conduct research into alcohol and other drug use at a popular Leavers celebration site. The factsheets are based on the research findings.
Young Western Australians will benefit from tips on financial independence with the launch of the 'My Money My Life' publication which provides practical advice on matters like:
'My Money My Life' is an updated, reprinted publication produced in partnership between the City of Joondalup and the Department of Local Government and Communities.
'My Money My Life' e book is available online on City of Joondalup's Y-Lounge website.
Growing up can be complex. If you are a young person, you probably have a lot of conflicting demands on your time, stress from work and school, and expectations from family, friends and colleagues.
All of these pressures can start to accumulate over time and, if the load proves too much to bear, can often result in feelings of anxiety, sadness and even depression. The Fit Mind - Fit Body and Soul kit, consisting of a series of "Help Sheets", contains information on these topics and more, and is a young person's guide in the pursuit of positive mental and emotional health.
Music Feedback is a creative and fun anti-stigma campaign that uses music to talk about mental health and wellbeing. The Music Feedback slogan is ‘Music talks about mental health. So can you’. Speaking honestly and openly about mental health is the best way to increase understanding and remove the stigma surrounding it.
The goal of the Music Feedback Toolkit is to support more live music youth events across the state that celebrate mental health and wellbeing. The toolkit is a do-it-yourself guide for young people to stage their own event, and includes a step by step guide to all aspects of organising an event, such as programming, production, administration and budgeting, marketing and venue management.
The toolkit was produced by Cultural Infusion with a grant from the Department of Local Government and Communities.
To order a free ring-bound copy of the toolkit please contact Department of Local Government and Communities - Youth at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Music Feedback, visit the website at Music Feedback website
'Winyarn' is a Nyoongar word that describes the feelings associated with being unwell, feeling bad or down.
The brochures below are aimed at people working with Aboriginal young people who may feel unsure of where to go or how to access help.
Perth Metropolitan Area
South West Region
Great Southern Region
Addressing a need in the community to provide relevant information for those supporting someone who is distressed or suicidal, the Department for Communities - Youth, together with the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, has produced the Suicide Information Pack materials linked below to help parents and carers better support those being affected by suicidal thoughts.
The Drug and Alcohol Office and the Department for Communities' Office for Youth have updated the Young People and Alcohol: helpful information for parents and carers booklet to reflect current research about alcohol-related harm and young people.
The booklet contains useful information on alcohol and the laws in WA, the harms alcohol can cause and what parents can do and talking with young people about drinking.
Free copies of the booklet can be obtained by phoning 6551 8700 or download Young People and Alcohol: helpful information for parents and carers booklet (PDF).
This research report outlines the findings from ‘An investigation of the nature and effects of point-of-sale promotions for alcohol beverages’.
The research was funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Australian Government funding through an Australian Research Council Linkage Project grant. The research was led by the University of Wollongong‘s Centre for Health Initiatives and was supported by Curtin University.
The aim of the research was to explore the nature and extent of point-of-sale alcohol promotions in bottle shops in Perth and Sydney and to examine any relationships between the promotions and the type and quantity of alcohol purchased by young people. The research also examined the effect of point-of-sale promotions on young people’s drinking intentions and behaviours.