GLENORCHY Youth Task Force (GYTF), of the Glenorchy City Council, recently hosted the fourth annual ‘R U OK Day’ event on Council lawns.
Glenorchy City Council youth development officer Ally Byrne said more than 250 people attended the event and enjoyed lots of fun activities that encouraged participation.
Some of these events included a drumming circle by Langford, a photo booth, temp tattoos and badge making by The Salvation Army, Anglicare’s Truck and Working It Out – The Diversatron.
The event also held a ‘Full Gear Program’ barbecue and presentation, ‘Glenorchy on the Go Smoothie’ bike, GYTF pancake station, Conversation Café, Headspace and ‘The Link’ AFL handball target and activities.
“Cosgrove High School catering class gave out free cupcakes, which were a sweet treat that put smiles on faces,” Ms Byrne said.
“Eighty show bags were given out to all who attended, filled with important information on local mental health services and sweet treats.”
This year’s event was opened by Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston and special guest, ‘R U OK? Day’ ambassador and Speak Up! Stay ChaTY founder Mitch McPherson.
Mayor Johnston said the event raised awareness about starting conversations that could save a life.
“This event had a focus on giving young people the confidence to support their peers and what they can do when friends aren’t feeling the best,” she said.
“It is events like these that raise awareness of the issues and can make a difference to people going through a rough time or supporting others.”
Glenorchy Youth Task Force member Tyler Bakes said the group had been looking forward to hosting this event.
“We are the voice for young people in Glenorchy and our peers tell us that mental health is a priority for them time after time,” he said.
“Young people are more inclined to reach out to friends when they are struggling, and it is because of this reason that we need to make sure our friends are prepared and skilled in supporting one other.”
For more information about R U OK Day, visit www.ruokday.org.au.
If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Caption: From left, Glenorchy Youth Task Force members Connor Clark, Ashley Southorn, Tyler Bakes, Alex Jahl Gardiner, Mitchell Woolley, Nicola Burton and Dakoda Leary.