YACWA – Pl!ng Smartphone App

yacwa-plingHave you heard? YACWA is developing a database/directory which will enable not only youth specific services but young people alike to access relevant information on their Smartphones (assuming this will also include tablets). SO this is a little bit of brilliance really, in that it this app is crossing the divide between service provider and consumer. Please register your organisation’s details by following this link. By answering the questions the users of this Smartphone App will be able to: find your service, contact your service and you will be providing the public in WA with options available to them in their area!

I believe that you will see more of these types of Smartphone Applications emerging in the very near future. Another important place to register your Youth Service information is onThe Hive By doing so, you are again linking your youth service to other providers as well as the public.

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Why your input into research is important!

Are you aged between 12 – 25? Do you identify as being Aboriginal or Torre Strait Islander? Then the Young and Well CRC would love you to get involved in their new advisory group! The brilliant part about this is that you can do this online – you don’t have to travel or sit in a meeting room! Y&W CRC want to “form a new advisory group to support Young and Well CRC projects seeking to understand and improve the mental health and well-being of young Indigenous Australians.” Your input is important. Why? Because your input can assist Y&W CRC by advising and collaborating with project teams. There are also prizes to be won! Brilliant! Check out and register you interest here.

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Welcoming 2013 with a chat about the ‘Elephant in the Room’ and ‘Crossing THAT Line’

batyrHave you heard about Batyr? These guys are committed to engaging young people to speak out about mental health issues. Check out there latest vid here.

Stumbling about the world wide web, (I’m not sure how I’ve missed this one) I came across a site called ‘The Line’. It’s a great engaging play on the old proverbial expression ‘drawing the line’. So what exactly is the line & what happens when you cross it? Check out the website – for both young people and adults – to grasp exactly, what behaviours cross the line. There are some really ‘in your face’ questions being presented in the forums. The site is also available as a app for smart phones where young people or adults alike can ponder, discuss, debate and research at anytime. There are also some great resources available on the site for parents & teachers.

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‘Born This Way’ an interesting glance at research, men women & those who are transgender

Do you listen to ABC Radio National? An amazing program called All In The Mind as described on their website, is “a weekly foray into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour – everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.” Podcasts are available for free download. I recently listened to Born This Way in which Researchers discuss the areas of the brain that differ among men and women and those who are transgender, and new psychiatric guidelines in the upcoming DSM V in relation to this.

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The hot little word on every NGOs lips… FUNDING

So you have a genius idea right? Department of Culture and Arts has so many different grants available! Need help with your submission or needing another agency to support you through the process? Well why not make contact with Investing In Our Youth ? We are here to support your youth or early years focused genius idea!

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And so it begins!

Hey! Lou here from Investing In Our Youth.

My job is to provide you with the most resent relevant research, discussions and other material on mental health.

What’s my focus?
It’s  around the early years and youth but you never know, a bit of Gen X and Baby Boomer material might float about too. I am hoping to provide you with links to upcoming events, other websites down here in the South and all that is current and the ever-expanding opportunities to look at new approaches to supporting our Millennials (Gen Y).

Basically I will do the endless trolling of websites so you can deem whether the info is relevant to you and what you are doing or wanting to create. Maybe you have some funding which you need to back up with a bit of evidence-based-research or an idea that needs the support of other agencies/organisations? Well, am I the girl for you!

We are all as individuals, parents and organisations attempting to navigate the ever-changing cyber community. Often we are faced with the daunting prospect that having an online presence could potentially be completely time-consuming. We all need to face the fact that the possibility of engaging young people in the promoting of good mental well-being starts with whatever platforms they are using. If we need to get a message out there then we may need to step into their arena to play.
Well let me introduce you to my first find which I think is super relevant to problems facing NGOs (an others) today. Click on the highlighted link to find the answer ‘5 Things Nonprofits Must Do To Captivate Millennials’ by Rachael Seda.

Ciao for now…

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