Thursday 25 July 2024

6.15pm for 6.30pm start - 9.15pm finish

St Mark's Church

1-3 Church Street, Emerald VIC 3782

The event has an option of an in-person or online attendance
Please click on the link below or scan the QR Code to register and choose your preferred attendance option

This event is aimed at youth, parents and carers as well as the broader community, so please share through social media.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Sophie Havighurst

Mindful: Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne
Professor Havighurst is child clinical psychologist and Leader of Tuning in to Kids at Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health. For over 25 years, in collaboration with co-author Ann Harley and their team of researchers, trainers and students, they have developed a suite of parenting programs, (including Tuning in to Teens), conducted research evaluating these, and disseminated the programs to professionals to use in working with those in a parenting or caring role. She provides guidance and supervision to those who use and evaluate the programs with different populations and in different countries.

Panel Discussion

Panelists comprising:
Prof. Sophie Havighurst and other local community members will answer questions from the audience.
Dr Dan Jeyaseelan who is a dedicated local General Practitioner (GP) and has served the community in Monbulk for the past 15 years.  His commitment to healthcare extends beyond the physical realm, aiming to enhance overall well-being.  Dr Dan's practice combines medical expertise with a holistic approach, hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of those he serves.
Emma McCall from Headspace Lilydale.  Emma has been a social worker for 13 years , starting in the education sector working with young people disengaged from school and from here moving into public mental health- more recently Emergency Psychiatry. Currently working at Headspace as an Intake and Brief Intervention Clinician providing therapeutic intervention to young people age 12-25 yrs.
Jayson - a young person from the community with lived experience of mental health.
A representative from Headspace.
Major Sponsor - Rotary District 9810
Thank you to the Cardinia Foundation for supporting us in their recent grant round.
We are grateful to Emerald Psychology for their sponsorship of the event and their commitment in assisting with content creation.
Thank you to Vibe Health and Fitness for their support and sponsorship.
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A big thank you to Bendigo Bank for their support of this event.
Showbag Sponsors
Thank you to Cardinia Shire Council Youth Services for their generous support of showbags for the event.

Resources for Young People and Their Carers

People who have an anxiety condition or who are depressed may be at risk. If you or someone you care about is in crisis and you think immediate action is needed call Emergency Services (triple Zero), contact the services listed below for assistance or go to your local hospital emergency department.
Email or chat online at
 beyondblue’s website for young people aged 12 to 25. If you need to talk to someone, get more information or find out where you can go to see someone, contact the beyondblue Support Service.
 Kids Helpline  1800 551 800
A free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between five and 25
A free, online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention service, providing counselling, information and referral. This is a confidential telephone crisis support service available 24/7 from a landline, payphone or mobile.
Suicide Call Back Service  1300 659 467
A free, nationwide professional telephone and online counselling service for anyone affected by suicide.
Provides support to young people aged 12 to 25 who are going through a tough time, including anxiety, depression, bullying and body image.
Eheadspace  1800 650 890                                                                                 
A confidential, free and secure space where young people aged 12 to 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified mental health professional for young people
A space where you can discover ways to amplify the good stuff in your life. You can share real and personal stories with others, check out videos, blogs and interviews of interesting people, track your mental health and get your teeth into a bunch of activities.
Reach Out      
An online youth mental health service that helps young people with information, support and stories on everything from finding motivation to getting through really tough times  
Are you OK? (RUOK)
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not OK, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.
QLife   1800 184 527
A phone and web chat service managed by and for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex communities. This service provides a place to talk about mental health, negotiating the medical system, relationships, isolation, coming out, people making assumptions about a person’s gender and a whole range of other concerns
Useful Resource for Parents
Downloadable fact sheets, brochures and booklets
  • Understanding Anxiety and Depression (brochure)
  • Anxiety and Depression in Young People. What you need to know (Booklet)
  • A Parent’s Guide to Anxiety and Depression in Young People
  • A Guide to What Works for Depression in Young People
Blackdog Institute
Mental health resources and support tools
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Depression in Adolescents Managing your Mental Health and Wellbeing with the Internet
Printable fact sheets for young people and families.
Support in Cardinia Shire
My Place Youth Centre 1800 496 884 or email to request support, or for any questions you have.
Cardinia Shire Council is implementing a range of programs and workshops for young people that build resilience and positive mental health.
Support websites
Headspace Narre Warren
Provides young people and their families with access to youth friendly counsellors, psychologists, GPs and other professionals who can provide information and support if a young person is: feeling stressed out or sad, finding it hard to cope, not sleeping well or sleeping too much, finding it hard to concentrate, wanting support for drinking or drug misuse, being bullied, hurt or harassed or worried about work or study.
Contact: 1800 367 968        Email:
SECL Youth Services Intensive Case Management
Youth Links provides Intensive Case Management to individuals or families whose needs require a high level and complexity of service provision. Support is provided in the areas of: drug and alcohol, mental and/or physical health, homelessness or at risk of homelessness, self care, exposure to and effects of violence, relationship issues, personal safety and wellbeing.
Contact: 03 9547 0511
Provided by: South East Community Links (SECL)
Support in Yarra Ranges
03 9738 8801
Youth Health Hub
03 9757 8777 or 0409 348 604
Counselling and a wide variety of services for Yarra Ranges Youth 12-25yo
EACH 12-25yo
Range of mental health services and support
Youth Drug and Alcohol Counselling (Healesville and Yarra Junction)
1300 003 224
Eastern Health Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS)
1300 721 927
Provides consultation, assessment and treatment for young people up to 24 yo who are displaying symptoms of psychiatric disorder or severe emotional and behavioural disturbance
Reading List
  • The Heart of Parenting: How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child - John Gottman and Joan DeClaire (1997) Bloomsbury, London
  • How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk - Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (2005) Harper Collins, New York
  • Building Emotional Intelligence - Linda Lantieri (2008) Sounds True Inc, New  York (comes with a CD for relaxation and mediation for children)
  • The Teenage Brain:  A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults - Frances Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt (2015) Harper Collins, London
  • Siblings Without Rivalry - Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (1987, 1998) Avon Books, New York
  • Loving Each One Best:  A Caring and Practical Approach to Raising Siblings - Nancy Samalin with C Whitney (1996) Bantam Books, New York
  • Raising Real People:  Creating a Resilient Family - Andrew Fuller (2002) ACER Press Cambridge, Vic
  • Mindsight:  The New Science for Personal Transformation - Daniel Seigel (2010) Bantam Books, New York
  • Brainstorm:  The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain - Daniel Seigel (2013) Penguin, New York
  • Everyday Blessings:  The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting - Mayla Kabat-Zinn and Jon Kabat-Zinn (1997) Hyperion, New York
  • Uncommon Sense for Parents and Teenagers - Michael Riera (1995) Celestial Art, Berkley CA
  • Staying Connected to your Teenager:  How to keep them talking to you and how to hear what they're really saying - Michael Riera (2003) Perseus Publishing, Cambridge MA

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