Young people living on the Mornington Peninsula will soon have a new way to seek help for their mental health through the Rosebud Secondary College mental health space.
Work has begun on the youth wellness pavilion to support the mental health and wellbeing of Rosebud Secondary College students and the wider community.
The pavilion will house the college’s wellbeing team and provide office space for local mental health and community services.
The pavilion is the result of community-wide efforts to support young people living on the Mornington Peninsula.
The concept was developed following the tragic loss of two Rosebud College students to suicide in 2013.
Since then, the work of Rosebud Secondary College staff including Geoff Seletto and Lisa Holt, local councillor Antonella Celi, as well as the whole Rosebud community have helped bring this project to fruition.
The Morrison Government was proud to add $300,000 to money raised by Rosebud Secondary College students and staff, who were supported by the local council, businesses and the community. The Victorian state government matched the Commonwealth commitment and I’m pleased this is now a truly multi-government, bipartisan project.
The pavilion will provide support and training for teachers and students. It will also improve referral processes for mental health help.
Suicide is recognised as the leading cause of death among young people. Tragically, more than 3000 Australians end their lives each year, which equates to eight people every day.
It is important to make sure all Australians get the support they need to prevent suicide and reduce these numbers.
The pavilion will join other new services the Morrison Government is funding on the Mornington Peninsula to support the mental health of young people in the region.
These include a new youth mental health hub in Rosebud, and a new headspace satellite service for Rosebud and Hastings.
Construction of the wellness pavilion is expected to be completed by September 2021.