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In Your Head: Wheatbelt children gather in Narrogin for massive youth mental health forum

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
Jathan Revilla, Malakye Campbell, Tama Corry, Alexi Kulker and Blaze Thompson.
Camera IconJathan Revilla, Malakye Campbell, Tama Corry, Alexi Kulker and Blaze Thompson. Credit: Daniel Rooney

More than 100 children from eight Wheatbelt schools came together at the Narrogin Regional Leisure Centre on September 8 for an action-packed day of activity and learning as the adolescent mental health program In Your Head came to town

Workshops delivered by creatives, athletes and mental health advocates ran throughout the morning aimed at empowering kids with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate challenges and challenging times.

Among the speakers at the event was Albany’s Marksman Lloyd, a rapper, songwriter and spoken word artist who found success through self-respect and creativity.

Songwriter, rapper and spoken word artist Marksman Lloyd.
Camera IconSongwriter, rapper and spoken word artist Marksman Lloyd. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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Marksman shared a challenging time from his schoolyard past and told children that reaching out when things were not going well was a courageous act.

“If you are going through something it’s so important to talk to the people we trust in our lives,” he said.

While Marksman had children thinking lyrically, Narrogin’s Michele Corasaniti and Tegan Jamieson got them lifting medicine balls, doing push-ups and sweating as part of the Be Alive Fitness workshop.

Former vice-captain for the Perth Wildcats Greg Hire spoke about the importance of not being afraid to make mistakes at his session in the Alby Park Clubroom.

Former West Coast Fever netballer Nikala Smith engaged children with a discussion on how to challenge and reframe negative thinking in the John Higgins Centre.

Tegan Jamieson and Michele Corasantiti kept the children active.
Camera IconTegan Jamieson and Michele Corasantiti kept the children active. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Former West Coast Fever netballer and Thinking Rewired founder Nikala Smith.
Camera IconFormer West Coast Fever netballer and Thinking Rewired founder Nikala Smith. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Holyoake Prevention Team manager Steve Papadopoulos with Jess Daniels, Jo Drayton and Jordyn Drayton.
Camera IconHolyoake Prevention Team manager Steve Papadopoulos with Jess Daniels, Jo Drayton and Jordyn Drayton. Credit: Daniel Rooney
William Ellis
Camera IconWilliam Ellis Credit: Daniel Rooney
Archie Feberici and Macy Cole.
Camera IconArchie Feberici and Macy Cole. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Sydni Garwood and Ellie Bailey.
Camera IconSydni Garwood and Ellie Bailey. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Kannin Hobbins and Steele Wilcox.
Camera IconKannin Hobbins and Steele Wilcox. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Skye Johnson, Harmony Waters and Alorah Fox.
Camera IconSkye Johnson, Harmony Waters and Alorah Fox. Credit: Daniel Rooney
Ellie Bailey and Jasmine Little-Taylor.
Camera IconEllie Bailey and Jasmine Little-Taylor. Credit: Daniel Rooney

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