This award winning initiative aims to increase understanding, reduce stigma and improve mental health knowledge in our shire. The Live4Life initiative is run in five secondary schools in the Macedon Ranges:
- Braemar College
- Gisborne Secondary College
- Kyneton Secondary College
- Sacred Heart College
- Sunbury and Macedon Ranges Specialist School - Bullengarook campus
Year 8 students participate in Live4Life through their school and will get to:
- attend exciting events like the launch and end of year celebration
- learn about mental health in their classrooms and beyond
- enter the Live4Life competition (held from July–September every year)
- have the opportunity to join the Live4Life Crew in Year 9 to represent their school, learn leadership opportunities and mentor younger students.
Teen Mental Health First Aid is also delivered to all Year 11 students so that they can provide mental health first aid to their friends.
Get involved and be proactive in understanding mental health issues affecting young people: We offer two excellent and FREE educational courses:
Youth Mental Health First Aid
This course is free to all residents within the Macedon Ranges Shire but if courses are filling, preference will be given to those parents/carers with a child at secondary school in the Macedon Ranges. For all other individuals, the cost is $150 per person; and for businesses, it is $200 per person.
Tuesday 1, 8, 15 and 22 August, 7pm-10pm
Men's only course, Holgate Brewery, Woodend
Saturday 14 October, 9am-5pm and Tuesday 17 and 24 October, 6pm-9.30pm
Parent and community course, Kyneton Town Hall
Tuesday 12 December and Thursday 14 December, 9am-5pm
Teachers only, Kyneton Town Hall
Teachers and youth service providers
TYhere are separate Youth Mental Health First Aid courses available that are specifically for teachers and youth service providers within the Macedon Ranges.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5422 0337.
We acknowledge the important role that a family play in the health and wellbeing of their young people. We can provide information and referrals for additional support to parents and carers if needed. Contact the Youth development unit on 5422 0221.
Local parent resources and support
- Cobaw Community Health 5421 1666
Other resources and contacts
Parentline (cost of a local call, open 8am-midnight 7 days a week) - 13 22 89
Lifeline crisis support and suicide prevention (24 hours a day 7 days a week) - 13 11 14
DirectLine drug and alcohol support, Department of Health - 1800 888 236
Family Drug Help - 1300 660 068
Suicide call back service - 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline -1800 551 800
MensLine Australia - 1300 789 978
Headspace - 1300 789 978