Esperance youth celebrate Mental Health Week

About 200 people of all ages took to the Esperance Scout Hall on Thursday, October 10, to raise awareness of youth mental health and suicide prevention.

Young people were encouraged to join in 'couch conversations' to open up about mental health and were provided information about the support available in the community.

The Mental Health Week event also featured face painting, a Scouts climbing wall, positive affirmation activities, flower arranging, a colouring in competition and live entertainment from Mousey Stewart and Scott Davis.

Bay of Isles Community Outreach worker and event organiser Manaia Matchitt said she was pleased to see the community come together to support mental health.

Manaia Matchitt said it's important for everyone to learn about and share their experiences of mental health. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Manaia Matchitt said it's important for everyone to learn about and share their experiences of mental health. Photo: Sarah Makse.

"It was good to see a mix of the community, people who do struggle with mental health and others who don't really know too much about it so they can get a feel about what it's like to live with it," she said.

"I definitely think it's important to talk about it more, have more of a conversation with others and get out into the community with people like our clients."

Bay of Isles Community Outreach support worker Troy Gillis said it was important for young people to take care of their mental health.

"Early intervention and early prevention can stop a lot of the problems that can present once they get older," he said.

"It's trying to break that stigma and get it out there that it is alright to talk to someone and that we do go through hard times and that's normal."

"If you are feeling down or sad or lonely or depressed, that is normal, you are not alone."

For confidential information, advice and support, call beyondblue 24/7 on 1300 224 636.

If you or someone you know needs urgent support please contact the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.