The long holiday break means that teenagers spend more time at home, away from school and their peer support group. For some, this enforced break signals isolation from social contact and heightens pre-existing anxieties and concerns.
PS My Family Matters is hosting a Community Forum to look at how best you can prepare yourself and your family to tackle the issues that may occur over this period. What are the early warning signs? How do you communicate with your teenager about these issues? Who can you reach out to for help? What plans should you have in place in the event of an emergency?
The panel for this forum will draw on local experts in the field of mental illness and youth including Braemar College Counsellor, Paul Hopkins, a local gp, a psychologist, a representative from CAHMS and a representative from Live for Life- the Macedon Ranges shire youth mental awareness program.
For further information please visit www.psmfm.org.au or call 0475369965.
Contact mike Hamer on 0411549432- for any further information.