For the first time, local not-for-profit organisation, Youturn, will be offering a FREE 8-week youth mental wellbeing program at The J in Noosa for teenagers and young adults (12 – 25 years).
Supported by Noosa Council, the YouMatter program offers a relaxed non-clinical environment, free of judgement for young people to talk and connect. Delivered by the amazing Leon from Body & Mind by Leon, the program will provide them with tools and strategies to deal with life challenges and stressful situations and cover topics that teens typically struggle with such as:
- Goal setting and planning
- Resilience building
- Dealing with anxiety
- Exercise and nutrition
- Self care, mindfulness and gratitude journaling
“The increased demand for mental health support, in particular youth mental health, is a large area of ongoing concern both locally and nationwide. There can be many barriers to accessing mental health services, including long wait times, financial capacity, geographical area, stigma, and apprehension surrounding accessing clinical services,” said Dr Tanya Bell, CEO of Youturn.
“Most young people reach out to us in times of intense crisis or emotional distress, seeking our understanding and compassion. Through our own resources, as well as in partnership with government, private and community sectors, Youturn looks to deliver positive, life-changing programs addressing issues such as declining Mental Health amongst young people, through the development and delivery of new programs, such as YouMatter,” commented Dr Bell.
The YouMatter program will offer a safe and relaxed social space for young people experiencing similar difficulties to meet and connect, while also receiving ongoing psychoeducation, developing coping skills, receiving mentoring and counselling support in a non-clinical environment. We received some great feedback from our last program run at Kawana late last year and we believe that this program has the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of young people in the Noosa Shire,” concluded Dr Bell.
The YouMatter program kicks off this week on Tuesday 14 February and will run weekly each Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on age and accommodate 8-12 participants. Keeping the groups small will allow maximum involvement and better relationships between participants and facilitators.
There is still time to register – so for more information or if you know someone who will benefit from this program or, please contact Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youturn is a not-for-profit charity based at Tewantin that was started over 30 years ago to help address youth homelessness in the Noosa region. Sunce then, the organisation has grown substantially working with young people and those that support them, expanding their focus to include Child Safety, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and of course Homelessness.
Youturn now works from 15 locations across SE Queensland with a staff base of 168 staff and last year supported over 9, 900 vulnerable people.
In mental health, Youturn has delivered youth support services through the headspace model since 2012, when the first centre in Maroochydore was opened. Youturn now manages five centres funded across three Primary Health Network areas in South Queensland including Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Maroochydore, Caboolture and Gympie.
ABOUT BODY AND MIND BY LEON:
Leon Stensholm is a local Accredited Counseller with outstanding experience working with a wide range of clients, helping them to achieve their individual unique goals through his Body and Mind by Leon program. Leon recently facilitated and delivered the first 8 week YouMatter program at his Kawana premises.
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Youturn Youth Support media contact:
Program Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Mob: 0474 421 100