31 July 2020
REVERB youth facilitators launch two mental health workshops
The REVERB project was the initiative of CMY’s Youth Advisory Group in 2018 and 2019, who saw the need for a mental health and wellbeing program to address the stigma surrounding mental health in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
After pitching their ideas to CMY’s executive team, and securing a two-year Major Grant with Gandel Philanthropy, REVERB came to fruition in 2020. It’s a co-design project which aims to amplify the voices of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and encourage other young people to seek help and practice positive wellbeing.
CMY, mental health services and young people will co-facilitate safe and culturally relevant conversations through workshops by sharing their stories and lived experiences of overcoming ill mental health.
There are currently two workshops available; a workshop for young people and a professional development workshop for the mental health sector. A third workshop for communities will be launched in 2021.
The professional development workshop aims to address the under-representation of multicultural young people accessing mental health services. The youth facilitators will share best practice culturally-responsive approaches to promote accessible mental health service provision.
A Youth Development Officer from the City of Whittlesea said, “I was so impressed with the young facilitators’ skills and the way they supported the young people in the group through the topics. I loved the way they ran each workshop and the way they engaged each person.”
The workshop will also provide practical, participant-led strategies that encourage better mental health outcomes for young people.
Find out more about the workshops and how to book here: https://www.cmy.net.au/young-people-community/youth-opportunities/reverb/