The Gold Industry Group and LIVIN will aim to empower Australian students to speak up and provide practical tools on mental health when their third national tour starts this month.
The Gold Industry Group LIVINWell School Tour will visit schools in the regions Gold Industry Group members operate in across Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
The LIVINWell workshops will equip students with conversational strategies to drive stigma reduction, knowledge to identify warning signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and strategies to help friends or family at risk or struggling.
The 80 workshops will also include strategies to help themselves including coping, resilience and stress management, and information on when and where to go to get professional help.
LIVIN is an Australian charity group founded on the Gold Coast in honour of Dwayne Lally who took his life after living in silence from a mental illness.
LIVIN co-founder and chief executive officer Casey Lyons said it had been rewarding to partner with the Gold Industry Group to highlight the importance of mental health education.
“We have educated over 80,000 people since 2013 and thank Gold Industry Group enormously for their contribution to this figure and helping us continue to smash the stigma of mental health,” Lyons said.
“Mental health is a positive concept that is sometimes misunderstood. It is about wellness rather than illness and relates to feeling resilient, enjoying life and being able to connect with others.
“LIVIN is launching a generational change. It’s all about living your life at the top and encouraging one another to talk about their feelings and challenges.”
LIVINWell is LIVIN’s evidence-based 45-minute mental health education program that has been developed and reviewed by qualified psychologists and is delivered by LIVIN’s certified facilitators around Australia.
Gold Industry Group executive officer Rebecca Johnston said the power of LIVIN’s program is in connecting with its audience by sharing lived experience and providing practical tools.
“LIVIN are relatable, everyone walks out of a session feeling connected, supported and empowered, knowing they are not alone and embracing the mantra ‘It Ain’t Weak to Speak’,” Johnston said.
“The Gold Industry Group are proud to continue to partner with mental health charity LIVIN to ensure thousands of students across Australia are given the tools and encouragement they need to help themselves and their mates.”
Since establishing a partnership in 2017, the Gold Industry Group and LIVIN have completed two tours, connecting, supporting and empowering gold industry workers, their families, friends and members of their local community to speak up, seek help and help others.
Approximately one in two Australians experience mental ill health over the course of their lifetime.
Research suggests that less than 50 per cent of people experiencing mental ill health will access professional support.