While there's no doubt 2020 has been a tough time for Australia's youth, plenty of young people have found ways to flourish in spite of the challenges, and the NSW Mental Health Commission wants to share their stories.
The organisation will host a guide to surviving and thriving in challenging times on Facebook tonight at 6pm.
The event, which has been produced by young people for young people, will highlight how under-25s are staying well and even thriving during what has likely been the most challenging period of their lives.
Twenty-two-year-old mental health trainer and advocate Stella Ladikos says despite the devastating effects of drought, bushfires, floods and a global pandemic, many young people have been able to remain positive and begin new chapters in their lives.
The times that challenge us most can also become a starting point for something better.Stella Ladikos
"I hope that the event will shed a different light on everything that has been happening this year," Ms Ladikos said.
"Obviously there have been many challenges, and most of the time we just hear about the doom and gloom.
"People have lost jobs and people's mental health has been impacted, but that isn't the full story.
"While we need to recognise the challenges, we shouldn't let them overshadow the positive things that have come out of this year.
"There are lots of young people who have started new businesses and begun exciting new ventures, and by sharing their experiences we hope to empower other young people to make positive changes in their lives.
"The times that challenge us most can also become a starting point for something better."
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The surviving and thriving guide will include topics such as:
- How to keep motivated through uncertainty;
- Turning the pandemic into a time to succeed;
- Tips and supports to keep you well.
Surviving and thriving, a Mental Health Month initiative, will be available on the NSW Mental Health Commission's Facebook page from 6pm tonight.
To join the event, please click here.
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