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Young people to have their say on future mental health initiatives in Loddon Campaspe


Young people from across Loddon Campaspe are being urged to sign up for a series of youth forums which will help inform future mental health initiatives in the region.

'When Life Sucks' is a series of youth forums and activities for young people aged 12-25 who live, work, study or play in the Loddon Campaspe region.

Over the next month, forums will be held in Gisborne (Thursday 4 October) and Castlemaine (Thursday 11 October), with a final mega forum in Bendigo on Saturday 27 October. This follows two forums held last month in Bendigo and Echuca.

David Richardson, Acting Chair of the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership, explains: “Over the past two years, the Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership has heard from our community about the importance of boosting youth mental health. At our 2018 Regional assembly, there was a strong focus on listening to our young people, and we heard again the need to support youth mental health and build resilience.

“We are therefore partnering with the Youth Affairs Council Victoria and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to give young people in our region a chance to help inform and contribute to the development of new initiatives that focus on strengthening youth mental health. We strongly believe that youth input and co-design is important for the success of projects.

“This is a great opportunity to come along, have your say and help make a really important difference in young people in our region."

To find out more about the 'When Life Sucks' Youth Forums, and to sign up, go to

The Loddon Campaspe Regional Partnership was set up by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.  

Over the past two years, the Partnership has held three Regional Assemblies to listen to the community on issues that matter to them.

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