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Spooky disco for kids

Friday, 13th April, 2012

SPOOKY: Jim Richards, Tahlia Savich, Elliot Mallon and Maddison Tozer invite kids to dress their ghoulish best for the “spooky disco” tonight. SPOOKY: Jim Richards, Tahlia Savich, Elliot Mallon and Maddison Tozer invite kids to dress their ghoulish best for the “spooky disco” tonight.

By Emily Roberts

Today is the start of National Youth Week but it is also Friday the 13th so tonight youngsters are being invited to a “spooky disco” courtesy of City Council.

City Council’s Youth Services Manager David Lee said the council had long supported Youth Week.

“It is a bit over a week and is running while the school holidays are on,” Mr Lee said.

He said having the activities during the school holidays will mean more youngsters can participate.

“The theme this year is ‘Imagine, Create, Inspire’.

“To start the week, tonight we will be having a ‘spooky disco’ at the St Pat’s Hall from 6pm.”

It is for primary school children and they are being invited to dress up.

On Monday there will be a Youth Forum at the Youth Centre in Crystal Street at 5.30pm.

“There will be activities, looking at issues such as road safety, alcohol as a drug, violence, healthy eating and any other issues that people want to talk about,” Mr Lee said.

Then on Thursday at the Council Chambers the Youth Council will gather for its annual general meeting.

Beyondblue, the national depression initiative, has again teamed up with National Youth Week organisers to raise awareness about depression, anxiety and related drug and alcohol problems among young people to encourage them to seek help.

Youthbeyondblue also encourages young people to ‘look’ for the signs of depression and anxiety, to ‘listen’ to their friends’ experiences, ‘talk’ about what’s going on, and ‘seek help’ together.

Mr Lee said children and youths in the city were “not immune to anxiety and depression.

“There has been lots of research to show that a significant amount of young people experience poor mental health,” he said.

“Young people can support each other and get professional help. There are early steps to recognise it.”

Mr Lee said groups like Headspace, Reach Out, Kids Helpline and Lifeline all offer help.

He said the local health system also had a good mental health program but young people were not always using things like that as much as they should.

Find out more by visiting www.youthweek.com or www.youthbeyondblue.com.au.

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