Mental Health Awareness with Love Me Love You

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As part of our ongoing commitment to mental health and moving towards positive change in industry attitudes, NECA Education & Careers recently partnered with non-profit organisation Love Me Love You.

In a week of workshops with our students and staff, founder of Love Me Love You Lance Picioane spoke from his personal struggles with mental health in his days as an AFL footballer.

Lance was an engaging speaker, and most of the audience would have been able to find parts of his experience that related to their own lives or that of loved ones.

Lance also talked participants through the mission of Love Me Love You. The foundation aims to educate and raise awareness, and reduce the stigma around, issues many young people face; whether mental health, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders or other hardships.

Mental health among tradies was a focus, and a topic that hits close to home for all of us at NECA Education & Careers. While the statistics around mental health issues and suicide rates among tradespeople inevitably come up, they are never any less shocking.

“Love Me Love You had a great week of connecting the cause to the champions at [NECA Education & Careers]”

Lance also talked participants through the mission of Love Me Love You. The foundation aims to educate and raise awareness, and reduce the stigma around, issues many young people face; whether mental health, drugs, alcohol, eating disorders or other hardships.

Mental health among tradies was a focus, and a topic that hits close to home for all of us at NECA Education & Careers. While the statistics around mental health issues and suicide rates among tradespeople inevitably come up, they are never any less shocking.

Apprentices are two and a half times more likely to take their own life than other young men their age.

But beyond just talking about the problems, all students and staff also received a template for creating their own mental health strategy as a way of working towards solutions. The strategy encouraged participants to build a support network for challenging situations and to find positive aspects of their lives to focus on.

We would like to thank Lance and Love Me Love You for visiting our trade school and continuing the mental health conversation.

If you or someone you know needs help dealing with mental health or life issues, www.lovemeloveyou.org.au have links to mental health resources and organisations. If you are an apprentice or trainee, you can reach out to your Industry Careers Consultant and as a student you can approach your teachers. All NECA Education & Careers employees have access to an Employee Assistance Program.

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